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Robert V. Richardson
Born (1820-11-04)November 4, 1820
Died January 6, 1870(1870-01-06) (aged 49)
Place of birth Granville County, North Carolina
Place of death Clarkton, Missouri
Place of burial Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee
Allegiance United States United States of America
Confederate States of America Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate States Army
Years of service 1861 – 1865 (CSA)
Rank File:CSAGeneral.png Brigadier General

American Civil War

Other work civil engineer

Robert Vinkler Richardson (November 4, 1820 – January 6, 1870) was a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.

Early life

Richardson was born in Granville County, North Carolina, on November 4, 1820. His family moved to Hardeman County, Tennessee, when Richardson was a child. Richardson was admitted to the bar and moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1847 to practice there. He made business connections with Nathan Bedford Forrest and Gideon J. Pillow.[1]

Civil War

During the early part of the War, Richardson served under Pillow and recruited the 12th Tennessee Cavalry (also known as the 1st Tennessee Partisan Rangers) and was elected that unit's colonel.[2][3] Richardson engaged in the Battle of Shiloh and the Siege of Corinth. He was attached to Forrest's command in the fall of 1863. On December 3, he was appointed brigadier general; however, after being confirmed his nomination was returned by the Confederate Senate at the request of President Jefferson Davis on February 9, 1864. From then to the remainder of the War, his regiment was attached to James R. Chalmers' command.[4]

A communication from Richardson dated October 28, 1863 at Water Valley, MS indicated the difficult living conditions experienced during the War: “For God and the country’s sake, make your fair promising but never complying Quartermaster send me skillets, ovens, pots, or anything else that will bake bread or fry meat. I want clothing, shoes and blankets for my naked and freezing men. . . . I cannot fight any more until I get something to cook in.”[5]

Post-War and murder

After the War, Richardson travelled abroad and lived overseas. He returned to Memphis and worked in levee and railroad construction with Forrest. After stopping at a tavern in Clarkton, Missouri, on January 5, 1870, he was shot by an unknown assailant who fired a shotgun at him from behind a wagon in the tavern yard. He died the next day and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis.[6][7]

See also


  1. Warner, Ezra J. 1959. Generals in Gray: Lives of the Confederate Commanders. Baton Rouge, LA. p. 256.
  2. Loving, Waldon. 2002. Coming Like Hell: The Story of the 12th Tennessee Cavalry, Richardson’s Brigade, Forrest’s Cavalry Corps, Confederate States of America, 1862-1865. NY: Writer’s Club Press. 232 pages.
  3. Tennesseans in the Civil War, Confederate Cavalry Units: 12th (Richardson’s-Green’s) Tennessee Cavalry Regiment
  4. Warner, p. 256
  5. Civil War Centennial Commission. 1964. Tennesseans in the Civil War. Part I. Published by Civil War Centennial Commission, Nashville, TN. Page 81.
  6. Warner, p. 256-57.
  7. "Robert V. Richardson". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 

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