Details for Roster ID 3159
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|Name:||John Barry Purcell|
|Affiliation:||Class of 1868|
|Biography & Genealogy:||John Barry Purcell, Class of 1868 (graduated 3 out of 11). Born- September 17, 1849. Matriculated from Richmond, Va. At VMI 3 years, 2 months. Military Record: Enlisted July 27, 1864 at Richmond in Company G, 3rd Virginia Local Defense Troops. Elected 1st Sergeant at unknown date in 1864. (Some, unofficial, sources say he enlisted in 1863 in earlier incarnation of the company that served for 6 months.) Discharged January 25, 1865 to enter VMI. With Corps in Richmond trenches until it disbanded April 2, 1865. Paroled at Richmond April 22, 1865 as Private, Corps of Cadets. Post War Career: Druggist; banker. Captain, Company C, 1st Virginia Volunteers 1871; Lt Col 1877; Colonel 1879. Resigned February 2, 1882. On VMI Board of Visitors 1879-82. On Advisory Board, Confederate Memorial Literary Society 1895. Died- September 24, 1916.|