In the late summer of 2012, my friend Donna and I went out to what felt like the middle of nowhere (but wasn’t) and walked Oak Plain Cemetery outside Blue Mountain, Mississippi. From time to time, I will be highlighting folks buried there.
Henry Clay Perry enlisted in the Tippah Rangers, or Company A of the 34th Mississippi Infantry on 7 May 1862. He was just in time for the Battle of Farmington two days later. For this battle and the evacuation of nearby Corinth, Adjutant-General Samuel Cooper gave the regiment an honorable mention. Perry and the regiment accompanied General Braxton Bragg to Chattanooga in July 1862. There he met his end and his body returned to his home. He was only 20.