A Guide to the Richard Byrd Kennon Papers, 1863-1865 Kennon, Richard Byrd, Papers, 1863-1865 22744

A Guide to the Richard Byrd Kennon Papers, 1863-1865

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the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 22744


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Repository
The Library of Virginia
Accession Number
22744
Title
Richard Byrd Kennon Papers, 1863-1865
Physical Description
7 leaves and 26 pages
Creator
Richard Byrd Kennon
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Richard Byrd Kennon Papers, 1863-1865. Accession 22744. Personal Papers Collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Gift, 8 October 1947, of Clara Vernon Kennon, Valentine, Virginia.


Biographical Information

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.

Scope and Content

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.

Related Material

Richard Byrd Kennon Papers, 1861-1921 (LVA accessions 14021-14026).

Richard Byrd Kennon Papers, 1863-1865 (LVA accession 22995).

Separated Material


Contents List

Special orders number 91, 19 May 1863, signed by General Henry Heth (1825-1899), relieving Colonel Walter Hanson Jenifer (d. 1878) and Lieutenant Richard Byrd Kennon of duty and ordering them to report to Richmond, Virginia, for reassignment.
Telegram, 25 ? 1864, from General Jeb Stuart (1833-1864) to General Thomas L. Rosser (1836-1910), ordering his cavalry command to Waynesboro, Virginia.
Letter, 28 March 1864, from John Taylor (1825-1904) of Hanover County, Virginia, to Kennon stating that he knows of no destruction of property in his neighborhood by Rosser's brigade.
Pass, 24 March 1864, for Kennon to travel to Orange Court House, Virginia.
Letter, 28 March 1864, from J. T. Dickinson to General Rosser concerning supplies.
Telegram, 23 April 1864, from W. B. Richards of Orange County, Virginia, to General Rosser informing him that corn is being sent.
Orders, 25 July 1864, from H. B. McClellan (1840-1904) to Thomas Estep (d. ca. 1864) of the 12th Virginia Cavalry.
Orders, 28 August 1864, from H. B. McClellan to M. (Nason) Will of the 12th Virginia Cavalry.
Report, 31 October 1864, by Kennon as assistant inspector general of inspection of Rosser's Brigade.
General Order No. 9, 10 April 1865, of Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) to the Army of Northern Virginia informing its soldiers they are surrendered.
map, no date, of military positions in Hanover County.
Letter, 10 October 1928, from Douglas Southall Freeman (1886-1953) of Richmond to Clara Vernon Kennon (1878-1963) of Brunswick County, Virginia, concerning the map.