Civil War Union Major General, West Point Class of 1841, a class that gave 23 generals to the Civil War. Richardson served with distinction during the Seminole Wars in Florida and the Mexican War. In May 1861 he recruited the 2nd Michigan Infantry serving as its colonel. He commanded a brigade at the First Manassas and promoted to Brig. Gen. in August 1861. Promoted to Major General on July 4, 1862 he was assigned division command in Hooker's I Corps. Assigned a division in Sumner's II Corps in September his troops drive the Confederates from the Bloody Lane at The Battle of Antietam on Sept. 17th. While directing the fire of one of his supporting artillery units he was wounded by a ball from a spherical case shot fired from a Confederate battery enfilating his line. He was taken to the Pry House (Gen. McClellan's Hqs) where he died on Nov. 3rd. A marker is at the site where he was wounded today, and the Pry House still stands despite a terrible fire a few years ago.
Bio by: EFB III
He drew his sword for his country, 1841.
And sheathed it without dishonor at Antietam, 1862.