Richard R. Shimp

Richard Richman Shimp, Great-great grandfather of Brother Paul Richard Shimp, was born to William and Ann Shimp in Pittsgrove, Salem County, New Jersey on 13 October 1841.

His father died when he was just a year old, and Richard went to live with his father's cousin Joseph, a farmer. He joined the army in 1861 at the outset of the Civil War and was a corporal in Company H, 10th Regiment of New Jersey Volunteers. In 1863, he saw much action, reenlisted in 1864, was at Appomattox Court House for Lee's surrender on 09 April 1865.

Following the war, Richard joined Company G of the 1st US Cavalry in 1868 and took part in the Indian Wars in Arizona. After returning home in 1873, he moved to Cape May, New Jersey, married Rebecca Huston in 1875, and began working for the railroad as a railroad agent for whom he would work for the remainder of his life.

Richard and Rebecca had 5 children. They moved to                                  Salem County in the early 1890s. Richard died in 30 September 1903, at the age of 61.

Brother Paul still has the original portrait of his great-great grandfather Richard dressed in his Union Army military uniform and also has his musket.  It has been a family tradition to pass both of these items along to the oldest male Shimp of each generation since the Civil War.  A copy of Richard’s portrait can also be found on the Wall of Honor inside the Inn at Appomattox Court House.


rot© Michael Beard 2015