Oliver H. Perry

Oliver H. Perry.

In 1860 there was one Oliver H. Perry, age 38, born in New York, working as a farmer and living with his wife Mary (?) and one child in Plainfield, Kent County.

Oliver may have been living in Chester, Ottawa County or in Kent County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company K on May 13, 1861. He reportedly deserted on July 23, 1861, at Arlington, Virginia.

There is no further record.

The only other “Oliver H. Perry” found in the Michigan Regimental History Index for the official histories are: Company L, Fifth Michigan Cavalry, age 18, enlisted at Kalamazoo in August of 1862; and Company C, Seventh Michigan Cavalry, age 19, enlisted at East Saginaw in September of 1862. It seems fairly certain that these were definitely two different men as both received separate pensions.