Richard Lucian Page

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Richard Lucian Page, nicknamed "Ramrod" and "Bombast Page" in the old navy, was born in Clarke County, Virginia, December 20, 1807. He became a midshipman in the United States Navy in 1824, and the following year was aboard the Brandywine when it conveyed General Lafayette back to France. He rose to the rank of commander in 1855, and did sea duty in virtually every portion of the globe, as well as three tours of ordnance duty and one as executive officer of the Norfolk Navy Yard. Upon the secession of Virginia he resigned his commission, and supervised the construction of works on the James and Nansemond rivers. In June 1861, with rank of Commander, C.S.N., he was assigned as ordnance officer at Norfolk. He was promoted captain, and later established an ordnance and naval construction bureau at Charlotte, North Carolina, which he operated for two years. Meantime he took part in the naval battle off Port Royal. On March 1, 1864 Captain Page became a brigadier general in the Provisional Army, and was assigned to duty in command of the outer defenses of Mobile Bay, with headquarters at Fort Morgan. He gallantly defended the latter work against the combined Federal sea and land attack of August 1864. He was compelled to surrender on the twenty-third, and was held as a prisoner of war at Fort Delaware until July 24, 1865. He then settled in Norfolk, Virginia, and from 1875 to 1883 served as the city's superintendent of schools. He died at Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, August 9, 1901, in his ninety-fourth year, and is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Norfolk. General Page was a first cousin of Robert E. Lee; his mother was a sister of Lee's father.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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