CDV OF GENERAL ISREAL B. RICHARDSON, MORTALLY WOUNDED AT ANTIETAM

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Three-quarter standing view of Richardson in uniform. Wearing general's uniform with sash and belt. He holds a hat in one hand and grips his sword in the other. Image is clear with good contrast. Mount remains in good condition. Photographer's backmark, E & H.T. Anthony, New York.

Israel Bush Richardson (December 26, 1815 – November 3, 1862) was a United States Army officer during the Mexican–War and Civil War, where he was a major general in the Union Army. Nicknamed "Fighting Dick" for his prowess on the battlefield, he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Maryland.

Richardson was born in Fairfax, Vermont. He was appointed to the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. He graduated 38th out of 52 cadets in the Class of 1841. He was one of 23 classmates who would become generals during the Civil War. After some routine assignments, Richardson served as a second lieutenant in the Second Seminole War in Florida. He was promoted to first lieutenant on Sep 21, 1846.

At Antietam, Richardson was directing the fire of his artillery and organizing an attack when he was struck by a shell fragment. Carried to the rear, Richardson was treated at a field hospital. His wound was not considered life-threatening, and he was given a room in Major General George B. McClellan's headquarters, the Pry House. President Abraham Lincoln paid his respects to the wounded Richardson during a visit to the battlefield in October. However, infection set in, and then pneumonia, which claimed the life of the general in November. He was among six generals to be killed or mortally wounded at Antietam.

His body was escorted to Detroit. Large crowds lined the streets during his funeral procession to nearby Pontiac, where he was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.  [jet] [ph:L]

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