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Richard Firth Emerson
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Birth: Jan. 1, 1844
Salem County
New Jersey, USA
Death: May 2, 1912
Cumberland County
New Jersey, USA

Richard served in the United States Army during the Civil War as a private in Company a, 24th Regiment of the NJ volunteers. Enlisted on the 30th day of August 1862, and was honorably discharged on the 29th day of June 1863 at Beverly, New Jersey.

He served with great credit to himself and his country. On of those quiet faithful men who loved home and family. He was the exponent of good citizenship. On the battlefields of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville in the darkest hours of the Civil War, he stood firmly in the ranks, loyal to the word of command, with his face to the foe. As in Army life, so he was in civic duty. He was a kindly husband and to his family a devoted father. He was highly respected and loved by all who made his acquaintance. His occupation was varied over the years. He was listed in the census' as sailor, waterman, and also merchant. He and his wife had a small store on Irving Avenue in Bridgeton. Other locations of their residences have been in Hancock's Bridge, Cedarville, Marlboro, Canton, Lower Alloway Creek and Fairton. Both he and Rachel are buried in the Old Stone Church cemetery in Fairton, Cumberland Co, New Jersey, along with most of their children.

Richard was 5'6", light complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He received a pension of $12.00 per month starting the 27th day of February 1907. Rachel received $25.00 pension per month starting with Richard's death until hers.

Headstone in the cemetery reads:

Our Father here lies at rest
As ever God with his image blest
The friend of man
The friend of truth
The friend of age
The guide of youth.

Marriage records, Salem Co,; National Archives Civil War records #622.923. Old Stone Church Cemetery records; obituary from newspaper, probably Bridgeton


Organized at Camp Cadwallader, Beverly, NJ and mustered in Sept 16, 1862. Left state for Washington DC 30 Sep 1862. Attached to District of Washington October 1862. Provisional Brigade, Casey's Division, Defenses of Washington to Dec 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to June 1863.

Service: At Camp Ingham on East Captial Hill until October 14. At Camp Nixon near Chain Bridge until October 18. Picketing Leesburg road and fatigue duty at Forts Ethan Allen and Marcy until October 25. At Camp Cumberland until December 1. March to Falmouth, VA, December 1-9. Battle of Fredericksburg, VA, December 12-15. At Camp Knight until January, 1863. At Camp Robertson until April 27. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Mustered out at Beverly, NJ 29 Jun 1863.

Family links: 
  Rachel W Mixner Emerson (1849 - 1918)
  George F Emerson (1867 - 1876)*
  Ida Emerson (1870 - 1870)*
  Rachel F Emerson Campbell (1879 - 1897)*
  Margaret Emerson (1883 - 1883)*
  Edith Emerson (1888 - 1888)*
  David H Emerson (1891 - 1891)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Stone Church Cemetery
Cumberland County
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Sally Emerson
Record added: Sep 30, 2009
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Richard Firth Emerson
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