Florida’s Civil War hero, Edward Alysworth Perry, was a transplanted Yankee, born March 15, 1831, on a farm near Richmond, Massachusetts. He was a descendant of old New England stock which had migrated to America in the 1630’s. Arthur Perry, the first of the family to arrive in New England, was a member of a militia artillery company in Boston about 1638. From Boston the descendants of Arthur Perry migrated into Connecticut and western Massachusetts. Most of the early Perrys were farmers although some were ministers and a few dabbled in local politics.
Prince, Sigsbee C. Jr.
"Edward A. Perry, Yankee General of the Florida Brigade,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 29:
3, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol29/iss3/4