Col. Richard Fowkes

The Wheeling Daily Register., February 26, 1866
Grave marker of Col. Richard Fowkes

COL. RICHARD FOWKES, a prominent citizen of Harrison County, died suddenly on Saturday night, the 18th inst., at his residence in Clarksburg.

Col Fowkes was a soldier in the war of 1812, and also served with distinction in the late war.


The West Virginia Journal., March 21, 1866

We learn from the Clarksburg Telegraph, of the death of Col. Richard Fowkes, an old and highly esteemed Union citizen, and Postmaster at that place, on the 18th alt., in his 72d year, of congestion of the heart.

Map of Virginia and West Virginia

He was a soldier of 1812, under Col. Johnson, of Kentucky, participated in the battles of the Thames and Tippecanoe, saw Tecumseh killed, and having settled in Harrison County soon after that war, served as Sheriff, and held other offices with honor, and last, but not least, was unconditionally loyal, and gave his undivided support and influence to the Union during the entire struggle.

In the history of such men West Virginia is honored.

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