FLETCHER RICHARDSON. Another of the foster children of our country who has gratefully shown his appreciation of the advantages here attained by coming to the aid of his adopted land when in her sore need, throwing his life in the balance with the chances of war, is he whose name is at the head of this sketch who has a good farm of one hundred and sixty acres location on section 27, of Shipman Township. To such men as these the youth of today should take off their hats in reverence, for there was nothing of selfishness in the gift that they made our beloved land of services rendered during the late War of the Rebellion.
Our subject is of English origin and birth, his father being John Richardson who was born in Herfordshire, England, and his mother, Margaret Barrett, a native of Kentucky. The former lived until he had reached an advanced age. The mother still survives. They resided in St. Louis, MO. Ten children comprised the parental family of whom our subject was the sixth. He was born in Greene County, this State, December 2, 1842. When he was about two years of age his parents removed to Macoupin County, and settled in Shipman Township, where he great to an intelligent and vigorous manhood.
The original of this sketch was married February 22, 1869, to Miss Maria A. Secor, daughter of James and Maria (Fishback) Secor, the former of whom was a native of New York State, the latter of Tennessee. Mrs. Richardson's father died in Shipman Township, in October, 1888, having reached ninety-two years of age. The mother still survives. Mrs. Richardson was one of seven children, being the fourth in order of birth. Her birth occurred in St. Louis, MO.
After the marriage of the gentleman whose history it is our pleasure to here chronicle and the lady who has greatly added to the beauty and serenity of his life, they settled on a farm on section 27, Shipman Township, where they have ever since resided. Mr. Richardson has, during his residence here erected a number of good buildings. His barns are capacious and well built and his stock sheds are warm and nicely arranged. The home which the mother has made beautiful with the natural instincts of feminine taste and fancy, is a comfortable dwelling, and the scene of a harmonious home life.
On the first call for volunteers, - that celebrated appeal made by Lincoln for three hundred thousand men to quell the trouble that the majority of men felt to be of insignificant importance, our subject was one of the first to respond - entering his name for enlistment August, 1861, in Company F, Twenty-seventh Illinois Regiment. His war record is very full, having taken part in some of the most decisive battles. He was a participant in the battle of Belmont, MO., also at Island NO. 10, Stone River, Mission Ridge, at the siege of Corinth, Chickamauga, Rocky River Ridge, Resaca, Adamsville, Dallas, Mud Creek, Kenasaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek and Atlanta. A mere recapitulation of these battles to the mind of the youth of today conveys comparatively little, but to the veteran each one brings up a picture that is indelibly stamped upon the mind. True, a picture of bloodshed and tragedy, but with occasional gleams of human kindness and even of sentiment and wit.
At the battle of Missionary Ridge our subject had his right ear shot off and at the same engagement his brother John received his death wound while standing at his side. His body was brought to Shipman Township, and interred by his grieving parents and friends. Mr. Richardson served three years and was mustered out of the service at Springfield, Ill. A man who has lived through such an experience as our subject is ages older than one who has passed his life in undisturbed peace of civil life. He of whom we write loves to recount his military experience and being an interesting talker finds charmed listeners in the youth that can only imagine the terrors of war. After his discharge from the army he engaged again in agricultural pursuits. Originally a Republican, of late the pure principles of Prohibition have appealed to him so strongly that he has cast the wight of his vote with them. Mr. Richardson has served as School Trustee for some time. Socially, he is a member of Buford Post, No. 246, of the G.A.R. and is also a member of the Farmers' Mutual Benefit Association.