John R Ludlow(1823 - 1896)
Home State: Virginia
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 6th Virginia Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
He had been prominent in Norfolk in the pharmaceutical business. He entered Confederate service at the start of the War as Captain of the Norfolk Light Infantry, which became Company D of the 6th Virginia regiment.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was in command of the depleted Regiment as senior officer present at Crampton's Gap and Sharpsburg.
The remainder of the War:
He is listed as Major in his newspaper obituary, but it is not clear when or if he attained that rank during the war.
After the War:
He was again in the drug and auction businesses, and was twice elected Mayor of the City of Norfolk. He served briefly when first elected in 1866, but was "removed by military authorities" - presumably occupying Federal troops. He was elected again in 1872 and served his full term (to 1874). He was also elected City Collector. He was active in Confederate Veteran and Masonic groups.
More on the Web:
Biographical details are from his obituary in the Norfolk Virginian of Tuesday, February 11, 1896 - transcribed online by Jan Dool. Mayors of Norfolk have been listed online by the Norfolk Public Library.
Death Date: 2/9/1896 Death Place: Norfolk, VA Burial Place: Cedar Grove Cemetery, Norfolk, VA
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