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          GENERAL  A. H. TERRY.
   On the 16th of December Major-General
Alfred Howe Terry died at his home in New
Haven.  Although not a graduate of West
Point, he had been trained in the great mili-
tary academy of the civil war, and from his
four years  course in that stern school had
passed with high honors to the regular army,
where he continued to distinguish himself.
 One of the most gentle, kind, and brave
characters that ever served his country, 
says the secretary of War, in announcing
his death;  an ideal soldier and gentleman,
whose honest, truthful, and upright life gain-
ed him the highest esteem of all who knew
him. 
   General Terry was born in Hartford, No-
vember 10, 1827, and educated in the schools
of New Haven, to which city his parents had
removed.  After instruction in the Yale Law
School he was admitted to the bar in 1849,
and from 1854 to 1858 was Clerk of the
Superior and Supreme Courts.  In 1854 he
had joined the Second Regiment of Connec-
ticut militia, and was made its Colonel.  His
regiment marched in 1861, responding to
President Lincoln s call for troops, and was
present at the battle of Bull Run.  At the
end of its three months  service Colonel
Terry received the command of the Seventh
Connecticut, and took part in the expedition
against Port Royal and the reduction of Fort
Pulaski.  As a Brigadier-General of Volun-
teers he participated in the operations against
Charleston, including the battle at Pocotali-
go, made a demonstration up Stono Inlet,
and commanded on Morris Island during
the siege of Fort Wagner and Fort Sumter.
As commander of the First Division of the
Tenth Corps, in General Butler s Army of
the James, he was engaged in the Virginia
campaign of 1864, including the actions and
battles at Chester Station, Drury s Bluff,
Bermuda Hundreds, Fussell s Mills, Deep
Bottom, Newmarket Heights, Darbytown
Road, Williamsburg Road, and the siege of
Petersburg.  Meanwhile he received the bre-
vet of Major-General of Volunteers.
   The varied experience which General Ter-
ry had acquired during nearly three years of
service had now fitted him for the supreme
task of his career.  A combined attack by
General Butler and Admiral Porter upon
Fort Fisher, at the mouth of the Cape Fear Riv-
er, had failed, and General Terry had been
ordered by General Grant to renew it. He
landed about five miles north of the fort,
January 13, 1865, and under cover of a hot
fire from Porter s fleet, advanced against the
fort.  The tremendous bombardment from
forty-four vessels was renewed, and then, on
the 15th, Terry carried the works by assault,
capturing over 2000 prisoners and 169 can-
non, and losing fewer than 650 killed and
wounded.  Congress thanked Terry and his
command  for the unsurpassed gallantry
and skill exhibited by them in the attack, and
the brilliant and decisive victory by which
that important work has been captured. 
Terry was afterward made a Brigadier-Gen-
eral in the regular army, in further reward
for this victory, with a brevet as Major-Gen-
eral for gallant and meritorious services in
the capture of Wilmington, which followed
the reduction of Fort Fisher.  He received
the command successively of the Departments
of Virginia, Dakota, the South, and Dakota
again.  His promotion to be Major-General
came in 1866, and two years later he was re-
tired for disability, due to the malady from
which he died.
   Of fine soldierly presence, very agreeable
manners, sound judgment, and thorough go-
ing integrity, General Terry was one of the 
most widley respected officers connected
with our army.  Fortunate in endowment
of character, he was fortunate also in oppor-
tunity.  His early fondness for military study
and his seven years  training as a militia Col-
onel were succeeded by a long experience
in subordinate commands in actual warfare,
and when the great hour of his military life
came, the failure of a previous attempt set
forth in brighter contrast his own success.
Terry s fame as the hero of Fort Fisher is as
secure in his country s annals as that of
Wayne, the hero of Stony Point; and no
laurels will ever be grudged to so gallant a
soldier and so kindly and true-hearted a man.

[Gunn s handwriting]
Harper s Weekly.  Dec.  27, 1890.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and eighty-eight
Description:Newspaper clipping containing an obituary for General Terry.
Date:1890-12-16
Subject:Butler, Benjamin F.; Civil War; Connecticut Infantry Regiment, 2nd; Connecticut Infantry Regiment, 7th; Grant, U.S.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Terry, Alfred Howe; Obituaries; Porter, David D.; Proctor, Redfield
Coverage (City/State):New Haven, [Connecticut]
Scan Date:2010-09-10

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, especially Hilton Head, Port Royal, St. Augustine, Key West, and the end of his experiences with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign when he had to leave camp due to illness.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Port Royal, South Carolina; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; St. Augustine, Florida; Virginia
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.