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Confederate (CSA)


Richardson Leonard Henley

(1836 - 1897)

Home State: Virginia

Education: Washington College

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 32nd Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was a lawyer in Williamsburg before the War. He enlisted as Sergeant, Company C, 32nd Virginia Infantry on 28 April 1861, and was appointed Captain and Acting Commissary on 7 October. He reported as volunteer aide-de-camp (VADC) to General McLaws in May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with his Regiment at Sharpsburg, and was wounded through the arm there on 17 September 1862. In his Report, General Semmes noted:

Calling for a staff' officer to bear an order to the regiments on the left, none being at hand, Captain Henley, acting commissary of subsistence, Thirty-second Virginia, who had been shot through the arm but refused to quit the field, offered himself to become the bearer, which was declined, on account of his wound; whereupon, stating that his wound was slight and that he was not disabled, he was allowed to proceed. While doing so, he fell, severely wounded, pierced with two bullets.

The rest of the War

He was assigned to conscription duty in July 1863.

After the War

He was a lawyer, judge, and writer in Williamsburg, VA.

References & notes

Service from Krick.1


07/27/1836; James City County, VA


05/23/1897; Williamsburg, VA; burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Williamsburg, VA


1   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pg. 157  [AotW citation 17551]