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Richard Byrd Kennon papers

Richard Byrd Kennon papers, 1863-1865
Richard Byrd Kennon papers
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Papers, 1863-1865, of Richard Byrd Kennon (1835-1892) of Brunswick County, Virginia, consisting of military orders concerning Kennon's reassignment, General Thomas L. Rosser's brigade and soldiers in it, and General Robert E. Lee's (1807-1870) General Order No. 9 concerning the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia; correspondence concerning supplies and corn for Rosser's brigade and reports denying damage done by the brigade to civilian property; a military pass issued to Kennon; a report by Kennon as assistant inspector general of inspection of Rosser's brigade; a map of military positions in Hanover County, Virginia: and a letter from Douglas Southall Freeman (1886-1953) of Richmond, Virginia, to Clara Vernon Kennon (1878-1963) of Brunswick County, Virginia, concerning this map
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Richard Byrd Kennon was born 10 November 1835 in Norfolk, Virginia, to George Tarry Kennon (1788-1855) and Ann Whittle Boush Kennon (1796-1864). 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. Kennon died 14 December 1892 at "Pea Hill," and is buried in St. Luke's Episcopal Church cemetery in Northampton County, North Carolina.
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Richard Byrd Kennon papers
One item is in Oversize Box 4
  • The Library of Virginia
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  • 26
Immediate source of acquisition
Kennon, Clara Vernon
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  • p.

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