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Confederate (CSV)


John Richard Ludlow

(1827 - 1896)

Home State: Virginia

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He had been prominent in Norfolk, VA in the pharmaceutical business and in 1860 was a 33 year old druggist there. He was commissioned Captain of Company D, 6th Virginia Infantry on 6 May 1861.

On the Campaign

He was in command of the depleted Regiment as senior officer present at Crampton's Gap on 14 September 1862 and at Sharpsburg on 17 September.

The rest of the War

He was detailed on recruiting duty in January 1863 and paroled 9 April 1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA.

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 and by 1880 he was again an auctioneer in Norfolk. He was active in Confederate Veteran and Masonic groups.

More on the Web

Service and other details from Michael A. Cavanaugh's 6th Virginia Infantry (1988) via the Historical Data Systems database. Biographical details are from his obituary in the Norfolk Virginian of Tuesday, February 11, 1896. Mayors of Norfolk have been listed online [pdf] by the Norfolk Public Library. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 and 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave. He is listed as Major in his obituary, but it is not clear when or if he attained that rank during the war.

He married Maria M Jamison (1825-1890) in February 1849. He married again, Drury Conway (1868-1951) in July 1895.


07/27/1827; Norfolk, VA


02/09/1896; Norfolk, VA; burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Norfolk, VA