Robert Vinkler Richardson

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Robert Vinkler Richardson was born in Granville County, North Carolina, on November 4, 1820, but was taken early in life to Hardeman County, Tennessee, where he received his education. He was admitted to the bar, and moved to Memphis in 1847, where he practiced his profession. He also associated himself in business with the future Confederate generals, N. B. Forrest and Gideon J. Pillow. He served under the latter during the early part of the war, and subsequently recruited the 12th Tennessee Cavalry (1st Tennessee Partisan Rangers), and was elected its colonel. He was present at Shiloh and Corinth, and was attached to Forrest's forces with a much decimated command in the fall of 1863. On December 3 of that year he was appointed brigadier general; however, after being duly confirmed, the records exhibit that his nomination was returned by the Senate at the request of President Davis on February 9, 1864. Thereafter he and his regiment were attached to the command of General James R. Chalmers, with whom he seemingly operated until the close of the war. Upon the cessation of hostilities he went abroad for a time, and then returned to Memphis to engage in levee and railroad building, again being associated with General Forrest. While traveling in the interest of a projected railroad, he stopped for the night of January 5, 1870 at a tavern in the village of Clarkton, Dunklin County, Missouri. Here he was mortally wounded by an unknown assailant, who  fired a charge of buckshot at him from behind a wagon in the yard of the inn. He died early the next morning, and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis.

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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