Richard L. Smallwood

Member for
20 years 10 months
Find a Grave ID
47892259

Bio

Researching and locating the final resting places of all my ancestors, no matter how distant. In addition, I am trying to locate (and manage) all the final resting places of the members of Company G, 1st Regiment, U.S. Sharpshooters (Berdan's), to make sure that each one has a fitting memorial on Find A Grave, and to manage all of those memorials as part of my research on all of them as part of a history of the Company I am writing which I intend to publish in the next year or two. If I have asked you to transfer one of them to me, that's why. It is not so that I can "collect" them. I am currently doing research on their history and families, and can then easily add it to their memorial and reference it later while writing the book if I manage the memorial. That's all. I'll transfer them back to the original managers when I am done if they wish, and even add the original managers to my list of contributors in the book, which (tentatively) will be titled "Wisconsin's Badger Scouts in the Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865." This book will not be a dry history of the U.S. Sharpshooters, but will focus on the individual members and their service throughout the war.

I specialize on Find A Grave in creating fitting biographies and service records for Civil War Veterans in my area, which includes extensive geneological research. I do this because I believe it's a duty. I have over 60 relatives that served during the Civil War on both sides, several that were in the Revolutionary War, and many in all the other wars that the U.S. has fought in, including the Seminole and Blackhawk Wars, and one that died with Custer at the Little Big Horn. Lt. Col William Barrett Travis, who commanded the Texans defending the Alamo was my fourth cousin, 4X removed. One of my cousins, Major General William Smallwood, commanded the 1st Maryland Regiment in the Revolutionary War and was the 3rd Governor of Maryland. My Cousin Norma Smallwood was one of the first Miss America's in 1926. I love my family's military heritage and otherwise.

I am currently retired from the United States Army after over 32 years of total service. I have been deployed twice (Desert Storm and Afghanistan). I have served in the USMC, USMCR, ARNG, USAR, including the last 15 years in the Active Duty Army Reserve (AGR). I am a member of Old Abe Camp #8, Dept. of Wisconsin, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1621 in Janesville, WI.

I am a former member of the Society of Civil War Necrolithologists. This is a defunct organization that folded in 1996. I have started it back up again in the form of a Facebook group, The New Society of Civil War Necrolithologists.

Since 1990, I have been replacing illegible and damaged headstones for Civil War and War of 1812 Veterans in Southern Wisconsin, as well as marking the unmarked graves of veterans from those wars, and ordering memorial headstones for some whose remains were lost. I have ordered well over 100 headstones in that time, and personally installed many of them.

Researching and locating the final resting places of all my ancestors, no matter how distant. In addition, I am trying to locate (and manage) all the final resting places of the members of Company G, 1st Regiment, U.S. Sharpshooters (Berdan's), to make sure that each one has a fitting memorial on Find A Grave, and to manage all of those memorials as part of my research on all of them as part of a history of the Company I am writing which I intend to publish in the next year or two. If I have asked you to transfer one of them to me, that's why. It is not so that I can "collect" them. I am currently doing research on their history and families, and can then easily add it to their memorial and reference it later while writing the book if I manage the memorial. That's all. I'll transfer them back to the original managers when I am done if they wish, and even add the original managers to my list of contributors in the book, which (tentatively) will be titled "Wisconsin's Badger Scouts in the Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865." This book will not be a dry history of the U.S. Sharpshooters, but will focus on the individual members and their service throughout the war.

I specialize on Find A Grave in creating fitting biographies and service records for Civil War Veterans in my area, which includes extensive geneological research. I do this because I believe it's a duty. I have over 60 relatives that served during the Civil War on both sides, several that were in the Revolutionary War, and many in all the other wars that the U.S. has fought in, including the Seminole and Blackhawk Wars, and one that died with Custer at the Little Big Horn. Lt. Col William Barrett Travis, who commanded the Texans defending the Alamo was my fourth cousin, 4X removed. One of my cousins, Major General William Smallwood, commanded the 1st Maryland Regiment in the Revolutionary War and was the 3rd Governor of Maryland. My Cousin Norma Smallwood was one of the first Miss America's in 1926. I love my family's military heritage and otherwise.

I am currently retired from the United States Army after over 32 years of total service. I have been deployed twice (Desert Storm and Afghanistan). I have served in the USMC, USMCR, ARNG, USAR, including the last 15 years in the Active Duty Army Reserve (AGR). I am a member of Old Abe Camp #8, Dept. of Wisconsin, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1621 in Janesville, WI.

I am a former member of the Society of Civil War Necrolithologists. This is a defunct organization that folded in 1996. I have started it back up again in the form of a Facebook group, The New Society of Civil War Necrolithologists.

Since 1990, I have been replacing illegible and damaged headstones for Civil War and War of 1812 Veterans in Southern Wisconsin, as well as marking the unmarked graves of veterans from those wars, and ordering memorial headstones for some whose remains were lost. I have ordered well over 100 headstones in that time, and personally installed many of them.

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