(1840 - 1900)
Home State: South Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
A 21 year old student/cadet, son of a wealthy Edgefield merchant, he enlisted as 4th Sergeant of Company H, 7th South Carolina Infantry on 15 April 1861. He reenlisted, in Company A, on 13 April 1862 and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 20 April.
On the Campaign
He was detailed as regimental Adjutant on 13 September 1862 on Maryland Heights after Adjutant Chiles was wounded there.
The rest of the War
He was appointed Adjutant on 13 January 1863. He was detailed as aide-de-camp to General Kershaw on 17 October (or November) 1864. He was captured at Saylor's Creek, VA on 6 April 1865 and was released on 18 June 1865 after taking an oath of allegiance.
After the War
By 1880 he was a farmer next door to his father in Edgefield County. In 1900 he was still a farmer, but by then a widower living with his daughter Eloise in Meriwether Township.
References & notes
His service from Swain1 and Krick.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1850 - 1900. His death date from the Greenwood Daily Journal of 11 January 1901. His gravesite is on Findagrave, as Captain.
He married Emma Rebecca Christie (1846-1893) about 1865 and they had 3 daughters and a namesake son John Richard, Jr (1871-1912).
10/1840; Edgefield District, SC
11/07/1900; burial in Dothan Methodist Church Cemetery, Edgefield, SC
1 Swain, Sr., Glen Allan, The Bloody 7th, Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2014, pg. 463 [AotW citation 24461]
2 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. 93 [AotW citation 24462]