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Stratford Wade Hampton Richards ~ Texas Cavalry Civil War Veteran Member Darnell's 18th Regiment

Stratford Wade Hampton Richards
August 14, 1825 - July 21, 1900
Elender Caroline Cooper
September 30, 1825 - April 11, 1899
"I know that my Redeemer Liveth." ~ Job XIX, 25

May 27 ~ in 1864 on a Friday morning Stratford Wade Hampton Richards, along with the other members of Darnell's 18th Regiment, Texas Cavalry, fought in The Battle of Pickett's Mill. "Almost 25,000 men fought the terrain, the heat, the fear and each other in an area that became known as 'the hell hole' to surviving veterans." See Battle of Pickett's Mill

Stratford Wade Hampton Richards
Citizen of the Republic of Texas Seal
Double Monument in West End Cemetery
Stephenville, Erath County, Texas
Cemetery Section 9, Corner W. Washington and S. Lillian Street has a round bronze marker on top from the "Daughters of the Republic of Texas " which reads: "Citizen of the Republic of Texas " encircling a Texas star.

An Overview of Stratford's Military Career in Darnell's 18th Regiment, Texas Cavalry

18th Cavalry Regiment was organized at Dallas, Texas, during the spring of 1862 with men from Dallas, Denton, and Belton. The unit was soon dismounted and ordered to Arkansas where in January, 1863, it was captured at Arkansas Post. After being exchanged, it was consolidated with the 17th, 24th, and 25th Texas Cavalry Regiments (dismounted), and placed in Deshler's, J.A. Smith's, and Granbury's Brigade. This command fought with the Army of Tennessee from Chickamauga to Nashville and ended the war in North Carolina. The 18th was organized with about 900 men. The 17th/18th/24th/25th sustained 200 casualties at Chickamauga and totalled 690 men and 520 arms in December, 1863. Very few surrendered on April 26, 1865. The field officers were Colonel Nicholas H. Darnell, Lieutenant Colonel John T. Coit, and Majors Charles C. Morgan and William A. Ryan.

Richards Ancestors Found Themselves in
Midst of War

Stratford Hampton’s parents, Charles Harrison Richards and Polly Sapp had several children before they moved into Texas, Stratford being one of them. He was about eight years old when his family traveled the El Camino Real, into the Piney Woods and settled near the town of San Augustine around 1833.

Mary Sapp Richards Born in Georgia

Polly “Mary” Sapp Richards was born in Georgia on July 30, 1797 and died in 1879 in Buena Vista, Shelby County, Texas. Names tended to run in families, especially in our ancestors’ day. Have you ever wondered where Stratford might have come from? Well, I don’t know if it was the first time Stratford was used, but you will find that one of Mary’s brothers was named Stratford, too. Maybe she was particularly fond of him, and decided to name one of her children after him. Stratford Henry Sapp, born 1802, was born in Cooke County, Texas, and died in 1884. Mary was about 5 years old when he was born, so maybe she helped take care of him and thought of him often when they moved away from one another. She probably had a soft spot in her heart for her 4th born son.

RICHARDS, Stratford Wade Hampton, gravestone monument, Stephenville West End Cemetery, Erath Co., Texas, Digital Format, taken by Casey Cox and shared with Judith Richards Shubert by iPhone, accessed 4-15-2014.

Genealogy Traces Links, written by Judith Richards Shubert for

Darnell's 18th Regiment, 5-3-2014.


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