Re: Seeking Perkinson Stories
For any American Civil War buffs out there, my great granfather, John Wesley Perkinson, was born in Green County, NC on May 14, 1846.He and his brother, Robert Norman Perkinson, enlisted and fought for the Petersburg Light Horse Artillery (also known as [Capt. Edward] Graham's Battery of Va.).
Both gentlemen fought in battles in North Carolina as well as the Petersburg campaign.Graham's Battery was in Lynchburg, when Lee surrendered at Appomattox.According to a letter that I have, which John wrote many years later, rather than turn themselves in for parole, the soldiers simply walked home from there.
Both John and his brother had large families so I no doubt have many relatives.In his lifetime, John had four wives (my grandmother was Willie Ann Hamilton, born July 24, 1862 in Charlotte County, VA) and approximately 20 children, including my grandfather, Norman Louis Perkinson.
By the way, if you go to http://www.oldgloryprints.com/thunder%20in%20the%20streets.htmhttp://www.oldgloryprints.com/thunder%20in%20the%20streets.htm, you will see a Henry Kidd Page print of Graham's Battery at Petersburg.
If you go to http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/1850/pbghrsearty.htmlhttp://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/1850/pbghrsearty.html, there is a paragraph about Graham's Battery during the war.
If you go to http://photos.historical-markers.org/main.php?g2_itemId=7508http://photos.historical-markers.org/main.php?g2_itemId=7508 and scroll down, you will see a copy of an historical marker that mentions Graham's Battery.
Finally, you can read about Graham's Battery in the book, Graham's Petersburg, Jackson's Kanawha, and Lurty's Roanoke Horse Artillery, written by Robert H. Moore, II.At the time of the last publication, Mr. Moore did not have information about my great grandfather.However, I have since contacted him and forwarded a photo.