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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1832

Vol. I

(Born Ten.)

Richard G. Fain

(Ap'd Ten.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1828, to July 1, 1832, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1832.

Served: on the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war.​a

Resigned, Dec. 31, 1832.

Civil History. — Merchant, Rogersville, Ten., 1833‑52. Brig.‑General, Tennessee Militia, 1836‑44. Raised and commanded a company of Tennessee Volunteers for the Florida War, 1836, but, on the march to the seat of War, his regiment, of which he had been elected Lieut.‑Colonel, was disbanded, not being required for service. Clerk and Master of Chancery  p517 Court, Hawkins County, Ten., 1852‑61. President of Rogersville and Jefferson Railroad, Ten., 1858‑61.

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

Civil History. — Merchant, Rogersville, Ten., 1866‑78.

Died, Sep. 12, 1870, at Mossy Creek, Ten.: Aged 67.

Thayer's Notes:

a The phrase "but not at the seat of war" occurs frequently in the Register in connection with the Black Hawk War; the explanation in most cases is the one given in the biographical sketch of James Monroe (q.v.).

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. Although in poor health, he raised a regiment, the 63rd Tennessee, but was forced to resign in November, 1863. His wife's diary has recently been published: Sanctified Trial: The Diary of Eliza Rhea Anderson Fain, a Confederate Woman in East Tennessee (John N. Fain, ed., in Voices of the Civil War Series, Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2004).

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