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William Vigors Richards
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army
William Vigors Richards of Ireland
Appointed from Michigan, Firt Lieutenant, 1st Michigan Lancers, 1 November 1861
Honorably mustered out 20 March 1862
First Lieutenant, 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, 2 July 1862
Captain, 4 August 1864
Breveted Major of U. S. Volunteers, 2 December 1864 for gallant services during the war
Honorably mustered out 3 June 1865
Second Lieuenant, 11th U. S. Infantry, 1 May 1866
First Lieutenant, 19 June 1868
Regimental Quartermaster, 12 August 1868 to 1 August 1874
Regimental Adjutant 1 August 1874 to 30 June 1880
Regimental Quartermaster 1 July 1880 to 28 June 1885
Captain 28 June 1885
Lieutenant Colonel, Assistant Adjutant General of U. S. Volunteers, 3 June 1898 to 28 February 1901
Breveted First Lieutenant, 2 March 1867 for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of South Mountain, Maryland
Breveted Captain, 2 March 1867 for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of Spottsylvania, Virginia
Died 8 December 1901

A relative, Oliver Edwards, Colonel, United States Army is also buried at Arlington National Cemetery.



LIEUTENANT COLONEL WILLIAM V. RICHARDS

VANCOUVER BARRACKS, Washington - December 9, 1901 - Lieutenant Colonel William W. Richards of the Seventh Infantry is dead here.

Lieuenant Colonel Richards was born in Ireland.  In November 1861 he enlisted as First Lieutenant in the United States Lancers. Mustered out in March 1862, he entered the Seventeenth Michigan Infantry and rose to the brevet rank of Major.  In May 1866 he was appointed Second Lieutenant in the Eleventh United States Infantry from Michigan. He became Major of the Seventh Infantry in April 1899 andLieuetnant Colonel when Colonel Lloyd Wheaton was sent to the Philippines.


RICHARDS, WM V
LT COL US INF 7TH
DATE OF DEATH: 12/08/1901
BURIED AT:   SITE 406
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 12 November 2006 Updated: 24 August 2007