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Col Richard Kidder Meade

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Col Richard Kidder Meade

Richard Kidder Meade was born in Nansemond County, Virginia on July 14, 1746. Died in Frederick (now Clarke) County, Virginia, in Februray, 1805. He was educated at Harrow in England, entered the Revolutionary army in 1775, soon after his return to Virginia, and was one of the twenty four persons that on June 24 of that year daringly removed the arms from Lord Dunmore's house and placed them in the magazine in Williamsburg. In December, 1775 he commanded a company at eht battle of Great Bridge, Norfolk, Virginia, the first that was fought in that state, he was then received into General Washington's military family as one of his aides, in which capacity, with the rank of Colonel, he served through out the war. He was with the commander-in-chief in all his great battles, and used to say that Alexander Hamilton did the head work of Washington's staff and he the riding, his black mare being well known to both armies. He superinteded the execution of Major Andre, of which he always spoke with much feeling, saying he could not forbear tears at seeing the excution of so uncommon and intersting a man, though he entirely approved the order. When Washington took leave of his aides at the close of the war he said to Colonel Meade: "Friend Dick, you must go to your plantation; you will make a good farmer and an honest foreman of the grand jury." The latter part of his life was spent on a farm that he had bought in the valley of Virginia, which he called "Lucky Hill," since it had proved a profitable investment.

This information about Colonel Meade is from "Famous Americans" and from Bishop Meade's,"Old Churches and Families of Virginia".


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  • Created by: Inetha Roberts
  • Added: 20 Jul 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11394351
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Richard Kidder Meade (11 Jul 1746–9 Feb 1805), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11394351, citing Meade Memorial Episcopal Church Cemetery, White Post, Clarke County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Inetha Roberts (contributor 46592936) .