|Death: ||Aug. 22, 1863|
Civil War Union Soldier. Richard S. Price was a 24 year old resident of Newark, New Jersey when the Confederate fired on Fort Sumter, South Carolina in April 1861, beginning the Civil War. One of the many young men to rush to the defense of the Union after the event, he enlisted in the 1st New Jersey Militia on April 20, 1861, and on that day he was mustered in as a Private in Company F. One of the first military units to form to meet the National Crisis, his regiment, under the command of Colonel Adolphus S. Johnson, arrived in Washington, DC in early May 1861, and was assigned to the growing defenses of the Capital. When the First Bull Run Campaign commenced two months later, he moved with his regiment to near Manassas, Virginia, where it was held in reserve as the battle raged on July 21, 1861. Despite being in close proximity to the fighting, the 1st NJ Militia remained where it was until the Union retreat following the battle. His three-month enlistment expired on July 31, 1861, and he was mustered out at Newark, New Jersey. However, he returned to Federal service a month later.
Mustered in as a Private in Battery B, 1st New Jersey Volunteer Light Artillery on September 3, he would be with his Battery through its engagements in 1862 and 1863. On the Second Day of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 2, 1863), he was serving his unit as it was positioned near the Peach Orchard, defending the III Corps line along Emmitsburg Road. There he was wounded twice, receiving one gunshot to the right arm, and one gunshot to the leg, which fractured the bone. Eventually taken to a field hospital, his right arm was amputated. He convalesced at the Letterman Hospital that was set up to handle the casualties, but not before he again brushed with death. After the battle heavy rains drenched the area, and the Rock Creek river swelled and flooded many places where the wounded were recovering. Private Price survived this ordeal only by holding himself above the flooded waters until saved.
Despite the wounds and the near-drowning, he lingered almost two months, but eventually succumbed to his injuries on August 22, 1863. First interred in the Letterman Hospital cemetery, he was eventually removed to the National Cemetery, where he lies today on Row A, Grave 22 of the New Jersey Plot.
After he died, his father, Henry Price, applied for and received a US Army Pension for the loss of his son in battle.
Gettysburg National Cemetery
Plot: New Jersey Plot, Row A, Grave 22
Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: May 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27070629