Capt James Rickards

Capt James Rickards

Delaware, USA
Death 17 Sep 1862 (aged 23–24)
Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Burial Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID 56333070 · View Source
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James served as a Captain, Companies B, H, & C, 1st Delaware Infantry during the Civil War.

He enlisted in the 1st Delaware in September, 1861 for a 3 year term. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being 26 years old, employed as a Painter, and residing in Wilmington, Delaware.

During the Battle of Antietam the 1st Delaware's Colors (Flag) laid on the field of battle since the color guards were all killed. Allowing the enemy to capture the regiment’s flag was considered a huge disgrace.

Rickards and 30 volunteers charged from the corn to rescue their colors. As they neared the goal, Sgt. John Dunn noticed a rebel infantryman limping forward, using his musket as a crutch. “I’ll drop that fellow,” he told Rickards and raised his gun, which Rickards promptly slapped down saying, “You wouldn’t shoot a wounded man!”.

The wounded man raised his rifle and shot the Captain.

James was "Killed In Action" by the wounded man in the Battle of Antietam during the war.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )



Son of James and Mary



  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56333070
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt James Rickards (1838–17 Sep 1862), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56333070, citing Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .