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Massillon in Stark County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Private William R. Richardson

Burial Site of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

 
 
Private William R. Richardson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 11, 2007
1. Private William R. Richardson Marker
Inscription.  As a member of the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry that fought at the Battle of Sailor's Creek in Virginia on April 6, 1865, the last major battle of the Civil War, Private William Richardson was personally recommended by General Phillip Sheridan to receive the Medal of Honor for bravery. Private Richardson was the only survivor of an eight man recon group sent to investigate the strength and position of the Confederate troops. His information was invaluable toward the defeat of the enemy forces that day. Private Richardson is buried with his comrades by the Civil War Soldiers Monument.
 
Erected 2005 by Ohio Society of Military History, Inc, Greater Stark County Veterans Memorial Fund, Massillon Cemetery Association, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 21-76.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1987.
 
Location. 40° 46.572′ N, 81° 
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30.9′ W. Marker is in Massillon, Ohio, in Stark County. Marker is on Erie Street. The marker is near the entrance to Massillon Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1827 Erie Street, Massillon OH 44646, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert Pinn (here, next to this marker); Football Pioneer Paul E. Brown (approx. 1.4 miles away); Central Firehouse Fire Alarm Bell (approx. 1.4 miles away); Lillian Gish (1893-1993) · Dorothy Gish (1898-1968) (approx. 1.4 miles away); Young People's Christian Association (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Little Steel Strike of 1937 (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ohio Merchants Building (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Falke Block (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Massillon.
 
Regarding Private William R. Richardson. MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION:
Rank and organization: Private, Company A, 2d Ohio Cavalry. Place and date: At Sailors Creek, Va., 6 April 1865. Entered service at: Washington, Ohio. Birth: Cleveland, Ohio. Date of issue: 7 April 1866. Citation: Having been captured and taken to the rear, made his escape rejoined the Union lines, and furnished information of great importance as to the enemy's position and the approaches thereto
 
Private William R. Richardson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 11, 2007
2. Private William R. Richardson Marker
Private William R. Richardson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, February 8, 2015
3. Private William R. Richardson Marker
Marker is on the right, Robert Pinn marker is on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 25, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 762 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 25, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   3. submitted on February 9, 2015, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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