The Resource Emma Wood Richardson Civil War reminiscences

Emma Wood Richardson Civil War reminiscences

Emma Wood Richardson Civil War reminiscences
Emma Wood Richardson Civil War reminiscences
Two booklets, prepared by the Historic Hopewell Foundation in 2001, featuring the Civil War reminiscences of Emma Wood Richardson (b. 1850) of Hampton, Virginia. One booklet contains a full transcript of Richardson's memoirs. The second contains excerpts from the memoirs, along with photographs and drawings of locations mentioned therein. Richardson's story follows the family from Hampton to City Point (now part of Hopewell), Richmond, and Weston Manor, an Appomattox River plantation belonging to Captain Charles Nelson. Her recollections cover family illnesses, her father's involvement in the war effort, military politics, the shortage of food and supplies, encounters with Confederate and Union troops, the sight of dead soldiers in the aftermath of the Battle of Malvern Hill, daily life at Weston Manor, the family's decision to seek the protection of the Union Army in 1864, and the destruction they encountered upon their return to Hampton later that year
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Emma Virginia Wood was born in June 1850 to Susan David Hicks Wood (1808-1872) and Robert Clement Wood (1804-1864) of Hampton, Virginia. Robert Wood was a pilot boat operator who ran provisions for the Confederacy in the Civil War before ill health forced his retirement. After his death and the close of the war, Emma Wood lived with her mother and siblings, supplementing their income with work as a milliner. She later married John W. Richardson (b. 1839) and with him had at least four children: Willie W. (b. 1876), Annie J. (b. 1879), Ethel W. (b. 1882), and Emma R. (b. 1885).
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Emma Wood Richardson Civil War reminiscences
The material in these booklets was based on a copy, made by Thelma P. Savage in 1959, of Emma Wood Richardson's original reminiscences. Photostats of the Savage copy are available as LVA accession 25195
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Terms governing use
Permission to copy must be obtained from the Historic Hopewell Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 851, Hopewell, VA 23860.
Type of unit
v. (15 leaves and 20 p.)

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