CS Η Gardner, Richmond N.

Richmond N. Gardner

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Born: December 1, 1832

Birthplace: Stewart County, Georgia

Father: Thomas Norton Gardner Sr. 1790 – 1858

Mother: Rebecka Wallace 1794 – 1861

Wife: Sarah Elizabeth Cromartie 1845 – 1930
(Buried: Cromartie Cemetery, Leon County, Florida)​

Education:

1855: Graduated from University of Virginia Medical School​

Occupation before War:

1855 – 1858: Medical Doctor in the State of Florida​
1858 – 1862: Minister in the State of Florida​

Civil War Career:

1862 – 1865: Captain Company K, 5th Florida Infantry Regiment​
1862: Served in the Battle of Sharpsburg, Maryland​
1862: Served in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia​
1863: Served in the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia​
1863: Acted as Regimental Commander at the Battle of Gettysburg​
1863: Led 321 men into the Battle of Gettysburg​
1863: Wounded losing his left arm on the 2nd Day of Battle​
1863: Captured and Confined to Johnson’s Island Union Prison​
1863 – 1865: Prisoner of War held at Johnson’s Island Union Prison​
1865: Exchanged in the Prisoner of War exchange on March 15th
1865: Took Oath of Allegiance in Tallahassee, Florida on May 15th

Occupation after War:

1865 – 1875: Medical Doctor in Lake Lamonia, Florida​

Died:
December 28, 1875

Place of Death: Montgomery, Alabama

Age at time of Death: 43 years old

Burial Place: Cromartie Cemetery, Leon County, Florida

Obituary
Obituary of Richmond N. Gardner, M. D.

Richmond mustered in Tallahassee, Florida in 1862 and surrendered on 9 Apr 1865. He was Capt of the Florida 5th Infantry Regiment, Army of Northern Virginia CSA. He fought and was among those wounded at Gettysburg Perry's Brigade, Anderson's Division, Hill's Corps, .The actual account of the Battle of Gettysburg with the Florida Regiment is available to read in the Report of Col. David Lang, Eighth Florida Infantry, commanding Perry's Brigade.

Obituary of Dr. Richmond N. Gardner: Tallahassee Floridian, Tallahassee, FL, February 8, 1876: As a tribute of respect to the memory of our lamented friend, Dr. Richard N. Gardner, we claim the privilege of here adding a few more expressions of regret at his untimely death a few more words of well-merited praise to the many that have already been uttered by those who loved him, or have received special acts of kindness at his generous hands.

Dr. Gardner was born in Georgia, January 1, 1833, and died in Montgomery, Alabama, December 18, 1875. At an early age he received from pious parents instruction in the truths of Christianity and in principles of honor, which guided him safely through many
trying scenes in his eventful life. He united with the Methodist Church in childhood, and ever remained faithful to his early vows though tempted at times almost beyond endurance.

Deprived of the means afforded by wealth, still by untiring efforts he succeeded in acquiring a profession and graduated at the Medical Department of the University of Virginia in 1855. He located in Florida, his adopted State, and pursued his profession with eminent success. He entered the Ministry in1858, and in this new field evinced talents of the highest order; but this calling, conflicting with other duties, he abandoned it, influenced, we believe, by pure and conscious motives.

In 1862 he entered the Confederate service as captain of a company in the 5th Florida Regiment, and served gallantly in Virginia until the battle of Gettysburg, where he was wounded and made prisoner. He was carried to Johnson's Island, where he remained until just before the close of the war, suffering extremely the first winter from neuralgia brought on by his wounds and the severity of the climate.

In April 1865 he was married to Miss Sarah Cromartie of Leon County, and up to the time of his last illness, lived in their quiet home on Lake Iamonia, content with the faithful discharge of his duties to his family and friends, and ministering to suffering humanity wherever needed, whether with hope of reward or not.

None but his intimate friends knew his true worth and the self-sacrificing spirit which he exercised in his efforts to promote the welfare of others, for he was as modest as he was generous; but to us he was a model of goodness, and for strict integrity, spotless virtue, and true generosity, we have seldom seen his equal.

The last scene in this brief sketch is laid 'away from home. With the hope of finding relief under constant medical care, he was taken by his wife to Montgomery, but this painful journey was unavailing, for, notwithstanding every effort was made for his recovery that kindness and medical skill could suggest, he continued to grow worse, and in a few days his soul went to it eternal rest.

His remains were brought back to the now desolate home and buried where loved ones may keep watch over the last resting place of one, the memory of whose life gives certain promise of a happy reunion in 'the sweet by-and-by.' Many hearts will sadden at the remembrance of the long hours of agony he endured before 'the rest of the weary'.
 
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