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Capt John Cussons

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Capt John Cussons

  • Birth 1838 England
  • Death 1912 Glen Allen, Henrico County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 6094568

Born at Horncastle, Lincolnshire. The son of John and Elizabeth (Jackson) Cussons. Came to America in 1855. Lived in the Northwest with the Sioux for four years. Moved to Selma, Alabama in 1859, becoming half owner of the "Morning Reporter". Was a scout for the Confederate Army and on the staff of General Law. Captured at Gettysburg and after being released served in the west. Married Susan Shepherd Allen, widow of Benjamin Allen in 1864. By 1868 he owned a successful printing business. In the 1880's he built and operated "Forest Lodge", a lavish 135 room hunting resort in Glen Allen, Virginia. Standing six feet and three inches, he was called Wau-zee-hos-ka by the Sioux, meaning "The Tall Pine Tree".
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From the NY Times:

The death of Captain John Cussons, Confederate War Scout and historian, occurred early this morning in his county residence, Forest Lodge, at Glen Allen, near Richmond, pneumonia causing death after an illness of several months. Forest Lodge, a spacious country home, often referred to as the "House of one hundred rooms" was long noted for the hospitality of its owner, Captain Cussons, frequently entertaining his friends in years gone by. The services of Captain Cussons were most valuable to the Confederacy. He came to Virginia in April, 1861, as Lieutenant in the Governor's Guards, Fourth Alabama Regiment. He scouted for General Bernard Bee until the death of that officer at Manassas. He then was assigned to scouting service for General Whiting until appointed to the staff of General Law at Seven Pines. During Longstreet's Suffolk campaign he surprised and recaptured fort Stipling by night attack with a handful of picked men, suffering scarcely any loss. In the campaign against Pope, the Federal General Ricketts blocked Longstreet's march. Cussons took a hundred riflemen over the mountains, driving the enemy outposts and skirmish line, creating a stampede which led Ricketts to relax his hold on Thoroughfare Gap, and make a hasty retreat towards Centreville. This opened Longstreet's path to Jackson. Forty years ago Captain Cussons founded the publishing firm of Cussons, May and Company.


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Inscription

CAPTAIN CUSSONS
A. D. C. STAFF OF GENERAL LAW
HOOD'S DIVISION
ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
COMMANDER OF
SCOUTS AND SHARPSHOOTERS

A BUILDER OF MEN

ENGLAND 1838 VIRGINIA 1912

On the reverse it is:

THE SOUL SECURE IN HER EXISTENCE
SMILES AT THE DRAWN DAGGER
AND DENIES ITS POINT
THE STARS MAY FADE AWAY, THE SUN HIMSELF
GROW DIM WITH AGE,
WITH DECLINING YEARS, BUT THOU OH SOUL!
SHALT LIVE FOREVER -
UNHURT, AMID THE ROAR OF ELEMENTS
THE RUSH OF MATTER
AND THE WRECK OF WORLDS


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  • Created by: George Seitz
  • Added: 16 Jan 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6094568
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt John Cussons (1838–1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6094568, citing Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by George Seitz (contributor 40539541) .