WYLIE, WILLIAM PERRY (1842-1932) ~ William Perry Wylie, Confederate Veteran, was born on October 8, 1842, in Munroe County, Peterstown, West Virginia to James Wylie and Helena Perry, both of West Virginia.
In the fall of 1863, Wylie mustered into Captain Thomas A. Bryans Company of Artillery. Bryans Battery was also known as Lewisburg Artillery and it was organized in the summer of 1862. Later, the unit was assigned to McCauslands Brigade and they also served a brief stint with McLaughlins Battalion of Field Artillery. It is assumed that Wylie served in another company or unit before serving in Bryans Battery for his military records state that he was exchanged for Josiah Young from the 17th Virginia Cavalry on January 30, 1863, and Wylie had furnished his own horse. The unit fought at the Battle of Winchester where Wylie was captured on September 19, 1864. He was then taken to Point Lookout on September 23, 1864, and then to Harpers Ferry on September 26, 1864. Wylie was then exchanged at Aikens Landing, Virginia on March 15, 1865. He was given his parole papers and allowed 30 days leave. Halfway through his leave, General Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865, and with the war being over, Wylie returned home.
Wylie worked as a farmer on his fathers land until 1871. It is assumed that James Wylie, Jr. passed away by this time for both William P. and James R. moved to Texas in 1872, settling in Matagorda County, Palacios, Texas. From 1872 to 1899, it is not known exactly what William did, but it is assumed he continued his occupation as farmer.
In 1900, William is shown to be living with his widowed niece, Nina Gardener in Midland, Texas. It is not known how long he lived with her, but from 1910 until September 30, 1930, the two are shown living in Matagorda County, Palacios, Texas.
On October 1, 1930, William Wylie was admitted to the Confederate Mens Home in Austin, Texas at the age of 88. He lived there for one year and five months before succumbing to influenzia and pneumonia on the morning of March 26, 1932. He was buried on the same day at the Texas State Cemetery.
Sources: 1820, 1860, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930, US Census Records; Death Certificate 8623; Confederate Home Roster 177-27; Military Records of Wylie, William P.; Pension Applicaton 39279; http://www.itd.nps.gov