The Resource Items sent to the Virginia War History Commission in response to an article asking for military service information. The Virginia War History Commission was asking for information relating to World War I; these records deal with the Civil War and were therefore separated out

Items sent to the Virginia War History Commission in response to an article asking for military service information. The Virginia War History Commission was asking for information relating to World War I; these records deal with the Civil War and were therefore separated out

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1861-1921
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1861-1921
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Papers, 1861-1921, of Richard Byrd Kennon (1835-1892) contains a commission, 8 May 1861, signed by Governor John Letcher (1813-1884) promoting Kennon to first lieutenant of the 2nd Brigade, 4th Cavalry Regiment, Virginia militia, and note written and notarized by William P. Burwell on the back of the commission that Kennon took the oath prescribed by law; letter, 21 December 1861, from Confederate Secretary of War Judah P. Benjamin (1811-1884) informing Kennon that President Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) has appointed him first lieutenant and adjutant of the 8th Virginia Cavalry; letter, 23 February 1864, from J. E. B. Stuart (1833-1864), Cavalry Corps Headquarters near Orange Courthouse, Virginia, thanking Kennon for a favor, mentioning $200 originally enclosed with the letter, and asking Kennon to give $20 to James S. Clarke of the 12th Virginia Cavalry; special orders number 263, 4 November 1864, assigning Kennon to duty in General Thomas Rosser's (1836-1910) Brigade; Appomattox Court House parole, 10 April 1865, written for Kennon by Captain N. E. Edmunds, 9th Virginia Cavalry; letter, 18 August 1883, from H. B. McClellan (1840-1904) of Washington D.C. to Kennon, South Gaston(ia), North Carolina, asking Kennon to send reference of his commissions and assignments during the Civil War; and letter, 12 April 1921, from H. R. McIlwaine (1864-1934), Virginia State Librarian, to Clara Vernon Kennon (1878-1963) of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, concerning Richard Kennon's military service record
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Richard Byrd Kennon was born 10 November 1835 in Norfolk, Virginia, to George Tarry Kennon and Ann Bousch. He married Louisiana Barraud Cocke (1838-1914), and they had 10 children. They resided at "Pea Hill," Brunswick County, Virginia. Kennon served as a 1st Lieutenant in the 4th Virginia Cavalry, Company I, a Captain in the 11th Virginia Cavalry, a Captain and Assistant Adjutant's General in Dearing's Brigade, and an Adjutant in the 8th Virginia Cavalry. These papers also prove his service to Rosser's Brigade; although, Confederate record books contain no record of his participation in the unit. In June 1890, he entered a soldiers' home in Richmond. He died 14 December 1892 at "Pea Ridge," and is buried in St. Luke's Episcopal Church cemetery in Northampton County, North Carolina.
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Items sent to the Virginia War History Commission in response to an article asking for military service information. The Virginia War History Commission was asking for information relating to World War I; these records deal with the Civil War and were therefore separated out
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Items sent to the Virginia War History Commission in response to an article asking for military service information. The Virginia War History Commission was asking for information relating to World War I; these records deal with the Civil War and were therefore separated out
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6
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Kennon, Clara Vernon
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000499412
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