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Richardson, Israel Bush


Age: 0, credited to Fairfax, VT
Unit(s): 2nd MI INF, 3rd US INF, USV
Service: USMA 36, 2LT, 3rd US INF 41, Bvt CPT and MAJ for gallant conduct in battles of the war with Mexico, CPT, 3rd US INF 51, resgd 55, COL 2nd MI INF, 4/61, BGen USV, 5/17/61, commanded bgd at the first Bull Run, M.G. USV, 7/4/62, commanded 1st Div, 2nd AC, 62, mwia, Antietam, 9/17/62, d/wds 11/3/62 [College: USMA 36]

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Birth: 12/16/1815, Fairfax, VT
Death: 11/03/1862

Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Pontiac, MI
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 5841847


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Frances F., 2/2/1863, MI
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: USMA 36
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Oak Hill Cemetery, Pontiac, MI

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Israel B. Richardson

Born: Dec 26 1815, Fairfax VT

Died: Nov 3 1862, Antietam MD

Buried: Pontiac, MI

Pre-War: West Point Class of 1841, Seminole war, Mexican war,

frontier duty, resigned US Army 1855, farmer.

War Service:

May 1861 recruited and organized 2nd Michigan Infantry - Col., commanded 4th Bde/1st Divn at First Bull Run, May 1861 appointed BG Vols, commanded 1st Divn/II Corps in Peninsula campaign, Jul 1862 promoted MG Vols, commanded II Corps at South Mountain, Antietam (mw).

Notes: Also called "Greasy Dick". Descendant of General Israel Putnam of Revolutionary War fame, and a fine fighter.

Revised Roster

U.S. Military Academy, 1836; 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Infantry, U.S.A., 1841; Brevet Captain, Brevet Major, for gallant conduct in battles of the war with Mexico; Captain 3rd Infantry, 1851; Resigned, 1855; Colonel, 2nd Michigan Vols., Apr 61; Brigadier-General of Vols., 17 May 61; commanded brigade at the first Bull Run; Major-General of Vols., 4 Jul 62; commanded First Division, Second Army Corps, 62; died 3 Nov 62, of wounds received at the battle of Antietam, 17 Sep 62; present in Peninsula and Antietam campaigns.

Sources: Revised Roster, pp 680, 738.


A Brady photograph of Israel B. RichardsonIsrael B. Richardson, a major general of volunteers in the United States service, born at Burlington, Vt., in 1819, died at Sharpsburg, Md., Nov. 3, 1862. He was a descendant of the Revolutionary hero, Gen. Israel Putnam, graduated at West Point in 1841, was appointed 2d lieutenant in the 3d infantry, and 1st lieutenant Sept. 21, 1846. He distinguished himself in nearly every important battle during the Mexican War; was brevetted captain for gallant and meritorious conduct at Contreras and Churubusco, and major for gallantry at Chapultepec; and so distinguished himself for bravery that he was known in the army by the sobriquet of "Fighting Dick." In March, 1851, he was promoted to a captaincy. In 1855 he left the army and retired to private life in Michigan. Upon the commencement of the late rebellion he promptly offered himself again to the Government, organized a regiment, the 2d Michigan volunteers, of which he was made colonel, and soon after was placed in command of a brigade, with which he covered the retreat of the army at Bull Run. His commission as brigadier-general dated back to May 12, 1861. At the battle of the Chickahominy he commanded a division of Gen. Sumner's corps, and won much honor upon that occasion. He received his commission of major-general July 4, 1862; distinguished himself at the battles of South Mountain and Antietam, in the latter of which he received the wound causing his death.

Source: W. J. Tenney, "The Military and Naval History of the Rebellion in the United States," D. Appleton & Company, New York, 1865, pp. 740-741. Photograph from The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, Vol. 32, p. 304.