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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1857

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

Richard K. Meade

(Ap'd Va.)


Richard Kidder Meade, Jr.: Born August, 1835.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1853, to July 1, 1857, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1857.

Served: at the Military Academy as Asst. Professor of Engineering, Dec. 8, 1857, to Aug. 31, 1859; as Asst. Engineer in the construction of

(Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 29, 1858)

the Defenses of New York Harbor, 1859‑60; and in repairing and building the Fortifications of Charleston Harbor, S. C., 1860.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1860‑61: as Asst. Engineer on the Fortifications of Charleston Harbor, S. C., Nov., 1860, to Apr. 14, 1861, being engaged in strengthening the works in anticipation of attack upon them, Nov.‑Dec., 1860, — and in Defense of Ft. Sumter, Dec. 27, 1860, to Apr. 14, 1861, including its Bombardment, Apr. 12‑14, when it was Surrendered and Evacuated.

Resigned, May 1, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Died, July 31,​b 1862, at Petersburg, Va.: Aged 26.

Buried, Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. He was young, however, and didn't live long after joining the Confederate Army: for such details as they are, see the Find-a‑Grave page linked above.

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b The day is not given in the Register; I supplied it from his tombstone, q.v.

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