Corp William Henry Cowardin

Corp William Henry Cowardin

Birth
Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Death 21 Dec 1907 (aged 63)
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 17758118 · View Source
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The founder of Cowardin Jewelers, his father and uncle were prominent Richmond businessmen. In 1862 he was mustered into Company B of the 12th Virginia Battalion of Heavy Artillery. He served with honor as a bugler and was promoted to 1st Corporal. This unit mostly served around Petersburg defending Richmond from invasion. In 1865, he was with General Lee at Appomattox and surrendered to the Union forces. Afterwards he traveled back home on foot to his father's plantation, Liberty Hall, located in Hanover County on the battlefields of Cold Harbor. Later that year he started a jewelry and watch repair shop that also sold eyeglasses starting at twenty-five cents. This store was located in Shockoe Bottom on the 1800 block of East Main Street.


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  • Created by: George Seitz
  • Added: 30 Jan 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 17758118
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp William Henry Cowardin (21 Mar 1844–21 Dec 1907), Find a Grave Memorial no. 17758118, citing Mount Calvary Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by George Seitz (contributor 40539541) .