Richardson, Thomas J. M. (1826–1894)

By: Stephanie P. Niemeyer

Type: Biography

Published: May 26, 2011

Thomas J. M. Richardson, planter and Confederate cavalry officer, was born on March 16, 1826, in Savannah, Georgia, to Samuel B. and Susan (Carter) Richardson. He married Ann R. Chester on December 22, 1847. She died on January 21, 1853.

At the outset of the Civil War Richardson lived in Fort Bend County, Texas, and owned a plantation. When the Civil War broke out, he first joined the Twenty-fifth Cavalry as a captain. Later, he joined the Third Texas State Cavalry as a colonel. The Third State Cavalry was only in service for six months in 1863–1864. At the end of the war in 1865, Richardson was listed as a prisoner of war. After the war, Richardson moved to Houston. He died on May 24, 1894, and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery.

Ron Brothers, comp., "Texas Regiments and Units in the Confederate Army" (, accessed March 9, 2011. James A. Mundie, Jr., with Bruce S. Allardice, Dean E. Letzring, and John H. Luckey, Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide (Hillsboro, Texas: Hill College Press, 2002).

Time Periods:
  • Civil War

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Stephanie P. Niemeyer, “Richardson, Thomas J. M.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 29, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

May 26, 2011

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