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Federal (USA)


Richard Longstreet Tea

(1840 - 1911)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 4th United States Artillery, Battery B

Before Antietam

An 18 year old laborer, he enlisted on 1 February 1858 in Philadelphia as a Private in Company F, 10th United States Infantry. He transferred to Battery B of the 4th US Artillery, date not given. In July 1860 he was with the Battery in Ruby Valley, Utah Territory.

On the Campaign

He was slightly wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He reenlisted as a Private on 1 December 1862 at Waugh's Point, VA.

After the War

He reenlisted on 30 December 1865 at Fort Leavenworth, KS and was a Sergeant there by 30 December 1868, when he reenlisted. He was at Fort McHenry in Baltimore when he was discharged from the Battery on 30 December 1871

He enlisted again, on 10 January 1872 at Fort Riley, KS as a Sergeant in Company H, 6th United States Cavalry. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions against the Cheyenne at Sappa Creek, near Ft. Wallace, KS on 23 April 1875.

He reenlisted on 10 January 1877 at Camp Bowie in the Indian Territory, on 9 February 1882 in New York City in the 42nd US Infantry, and on 9 February 1887 at Fort Whipple, Prescott, AZ, then in Company H of the 9th US Infantry. He retired at 30 years' service on 20 April 1888 and lived out his days at Fort Whipple. He died there of heart disease on 14 September 1911.

References & notes

His service from the Registers.1 His Antietam wounding from Gibbon.2 Details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1850 and 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Alice Grogan (1846-1915) in February 1887 at Fort Whipple.


02/20/1840; Philadelphia, PA


09/14/1911; Whipple Barracks, Prescott, AZ; burial in Mountain View Cemetery, Prescott, AZ


1   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 53, p. 243; V 142/843; V 61/227; V 68/294; V 76/10 etc  [AotW citation 27436]

2   Gibbon, John, Personal Recollections of the Civil War, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1928, pg. 85  [AotW citation 27437]