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Obituary of A. E. Richards, Louisville, Kentucky.

Maj. A. E. Richards, one of the most brilliant and successful officers of Mosby's Battalion of Partisan Rangers, died on January 20, 1920, at his home in Louisville, Ky. He was born in Loudon County, Va., and at an early age enlisted in the cavalry of the Confederate States under Gen. Turner Ashby. After the death of the latter he was attached to the staff of Gen. William E. Jones. Resigning his commission, he enlisted as a private in Company B, Mosby's command. His many qualities as a gentleman and soldier soon recommended him to his superiors in command, and he was quickly promoted, first as lieutenant, then captain of Company B, and then major of the battalion. He especially distinguished himself in the following engagements: Berryville, Kabletown, Dranesville, Aldie, Charlestown, Newton, and Mount Carmel. He was especially commended for his skill and daring and promoted to captaincy of his company by President Davis himself.

After the war Major Richards graduated in law from the University of Virginia and removed to Louisville, Ky., where his energy and talent soon built up a lucrative practice. He was subsequently elected judge of that circuit; declining re-election, he again devoted himself to his practice.

He was a brave and knightly soldier, an exemplary citizen, a Christain gentleman, and worthy of the reward of a life well spent, a work well done.

"He is not dead, but sleepeth. Well we know
The form that lies to-day beneath the sod
Shall rise what time the golden bugles blow
And pour their music through the courts of God."

[Channing M. Smith, Adjutant Mosby Camp, U. C. V., Delaplane, Va.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, May, 1920.

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