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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1856

Vol. II

(Born O.)

Richard S. C. Lord

(Ap'd O.)


Born October, 1832, Bellefontaine, OH.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1852, to July 1, 1856, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Infantry, July 1, 1856.

Served: in garrison at Newport Barracks, Ky., 1856‑57, — and Carlisle

(Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, Oct. 31, 1856)

Barracks, Pa., 1857; and on frontier duty at Ft. Buchanan, N. M.,

(Transferred to 1st Dragoons, June 22, 1857)

1857‑58, — Tucson, Ara., 1858, — Ft. Buchanan, N. M., 1858‑59, — Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1859, — Scouting, 1859, — Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1860, — Ft. Buchanan, N. M., 1860, — Scouting, 1860, being engaged against Apache Indians in a Skirmish near Camp Calabaza, N. M., Aug. 26, 1860, — and Ft. Breckenridge, Utah,​a 1860‑61.

First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Apr. 23, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in Operations in New Mexico, June, 1861, to Nov., 1862, being engaged in

(Captain, 1st Cavalry, Oct. 26, 1861)

the Battle of Valverde, Feb. 21, 1862, — and Action of Apache Cañon, Mar. 7‑8, 1862; in command of 1st Cavalry (Army of the Potomac), in the Rappahannock Campaign, Jan. to June, 1863, being engaged in "Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Stoneman's Raid" toward Richmond, Va., Apr. 29 to May 8, 1863, — and Combat of Beverly Ford, June 9, 1863; in the Pennsylvania Campaign, commanding Regiment (Army of the Potomac), June‑July, 1863, being engaged in Skirmishes at Aldie, June 19, Middleburg, June 20, and Upperville, Va., June 21, 1863, — Battle of Gettysburg, July 1‑3, 1863, —  p668 and Skirmishes at Williamsport, July 6, Boonsborough, July 7‑8, Funkstown,

(Bvt. Major, July 7, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Gettysburg Campaign)

July 9, and Hagerstown, Md., July 9, 1863, where he was severely wounded; on sick leave of absence, disabled by wound, July 10 to Sep. 3, 1863; as Assistant in the Cavalry Bureau, at Washington, D. C., Sep. 3, 1863, to Feb. 25, 1865; in command of 1st Cavalry (Army of the Potomac), in Operations before Petersburg, Va., Mar. 27 to Apr. 9, 1865, being engaged in the Battle of Dinwiddie C. H., Mar. 30‑31, 1865, — Battle of Five Forks, Apr. 1, 1865, — and several Engagements in Pursuit

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Apr. 1, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Five Forks, Va.)

of the Rebel Army, terminating with the Capitulation of Appomattox C. H., Apr. 9, 1865; on Raid to Dan River, Va., Apr. 23 to May 5, 1865; and in command of 1st Cavalry, as Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Sheridan's Escort, at New Orleans, La., June 20 to Sep., 1865.

Served: on Recruiting service, Oct., 1865, to Mar., 1866; in garrison at Drum Barracks, Cal., Mar. to June, 1866; and on sick leave of absence, June 15 to Oct. 15, 1866.

Died, Oct. 15, 1866, at Bellefontaine, O.: Aged 34.

Buried, Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH.

Thayer's Note:

a So Cullum; but Fort Breckenridge, built in 1860 by troops from Fort Buchanan, was precisely in the small area of today's state of Arizona that was never part of Utah Territory.

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