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Marcus Richardson Correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3732

A four-page handwritten letter, signed "MR" by Lieutenant Marcus Richardson, sent to Captain Joseph Washington Anderson. Written from Cumberland Gap, Tenn., the letter details the reconnaissance and skirmish that took place at Cumberland Gap in the days prior under the command of Major General Edmund Kirby Smith. The letter is dated March 23, 1862.

Dates

  • 1862 March 23

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

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Conditions Governing Use

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

A four-page handwritten letter, signed "MR" by Lieutenant Marcus Richardson, sent to Captain Joseph Washington Anderson. Written from Cumberland Gap, Tenn., the letter details the reconnaissance and skirmish that took place at Cumberland Gap in the days prior under the command of Major General Edmund Kirby Smith. The letter is dated March 23, 1862.

Biographical/Historical Note

Marcus Calmes Richardson served in the Confederacy during the Civil War. Born on December 30, 1845 in Warren County, Virginia, he enlisted as a Private in 1861 at Buchanan, VA. He mustered into H Co. VA 28th Infantry but transferred into VA Botetourt Light Artillery in December 1861. In November 1863, Richardson transferred in B Co. VA 23rd Cavalry. He died on October 9, 1915 and is buried in Warren County.

Joseph Washington Anderson served in the Confederacy during the Civil War. Anderson was born on December 19, 1836 to John Thomas Anderson and Cassandra Shanks Anderson in Botetourt County, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1859 and married Susan W. Morris the same year. He enlisted in 1861 at Buchanan, VA as a Captain. He was commissioned into H Co. VA 28th Infantry but transferred into VA Botetourt Light Artillery in December 1861. He died of wounds received at Champion Hills, MS on May 15, 1863 and is buried in Fincastle, VA.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

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