DEATH OF THOMAS RICHARDS
CAPT. RICHARDS DEAD
Gallant Warrior of the Lost Cause Answers Last Bugle Call
To the memory of Thomas Richard, a bugler in the Confederate Army:
With bugle blast he called to arms,
Brave men in time of war,
With fearless soul and patriot heart
He followed the Southern Star.
No fear of death was in his breast,
He faced it o'er and o'er
On many a field of conflict.
Made red with human gore.
Like brave Morgan, Lee and Jackson
The bugle call of God.
Has but called him to his comrades,
Who sleep beneath the sod.
Capt. Thomas Richards, one of the best known Confederate veterans in this part of the stale, passed over the dark river Sunday morning to
rest with Leo and Jackson 'neath the shade of the trees.
For it number of years, Capt. Richards had been an invalid confined closely to his home and bed and news of his passing away did not come as a surprise to his many friends, who mourned, however, that a noble soul had gone out from their midst.
Capt. Richards served bravely in the Civil War and after it was over he settled down in Lincoln county, though a native of Garrard. He was a silversmith by trade, but did not follow it all his life, spending some time as host of hotels at Danville and here.
He is survived by his wife, who has also been in very poor health for many years, and his daughter, Miss Bessie Richards, who has been a noble support to her father in his declining days. The remains were taken to his old home at Lancaster for interment Monday.
Capt, Richards was just 80 years of age, and it was a strange coincidence that he passed away on the 49th anniversary of the battle of
Perryville in which he took part.
Mrs. Richards was before her marriage, Miss Sallie Dunn, of Garrard. To them three daughters were born, of whom one, Miss Bessie Richards, survives together with one grandchild, Miss Jean Patrick.
Source: The Stanford Interior Journal - 10th October 1911