- 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
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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