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Berry Goldsby Scott

Obituary of Randall Duckworth Berry, Selma, Alabama.

Comrade Randall D. Berry was bron in Portland, Dallas County, Ala., on the 27th of December, 1842. He enlisted in Company A, 4th Alabama Infantry, at Selma in April, 1861. The company was known as the Governor's Guard, commanded by Capt. Thomas J. Goldsby. In the first battle of Manassas he was wounded in the right hand and discharged. Reenlisting in the same company in January, 1862, he served all through the Peninsular campaign, taking part in the battles of West Point, Seven Pines, Gaine's Mill, White Oak Swamp, Chickahominy, and Malvern Hill. He was wounded at Seven Pines and also at Malvern Hill and was again discharged on account of a severe wound in the knee. Again he reenlisted in the same company during the Maryland campaign and took part in the battle of Sharpsburg. On the way to WInchester he was again discharged. He then assissted in raising a company of infantry, which was afterwards Company D, 62d Alabama Infantry, and was elected lieutenant. His old wound became so inflamed that he was on crutches until the close of the war and disabled through life. However, he took part in the Battle of Selma, Ala., during Wilson's raid, when the town was captured and burned in April, 1861[5].

After the war Comrade Berry was a member of the city council of Selma, a member of the legislature, and Democratic elector from the State of Alabama in 1897; and he practiced law there for many years. He was at one time Commander of Camp Jones, No. 317, U. C. V., and a constant attendant on its meetings to within a short time of his death. He was a man of fine intellect and a high order of culture and a genial companion. He died at his home, in Selma, on June 30, 1916, and was burind with honors of the Camp in Live Oak Cemetery.

[D. M. Scott, Active Assistant Adjutant General Alabama Division, U. C. V.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, December, 1916.

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