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Loughborough, James Henry

JAMES HENRY LOUGHBOROUGH.

On November 7, 1921, at the advanced age of eighty-five years, James Henry Loughborough passed through the gates of darkness into the light beyond and joined his comrades of the cause he so passionately loved. His father, Hamilton Loughborough, and his mother, Mary Ridaud, of French Hueguenot descent, were of prominent families in Maryland and ardent sympathizers with the South during those fateful years, and their young son made one of the many from that noble State whose bravery, enthusiasm, and devotion won for it the high honor of being included in the roll of the Confederate States. He had completed his education at the Georgetown University and was at Fort Wayne, Ind., when war was declared. Hastening to Virginia, he enlisted in Caskie's Rangers, Capt. Robert Caskie commanding; they were ordered to Charleston, W. Va., where he had his first fight against a marauding party; was with Col. Clarkson on Coal River, where he overtook and captured a number of prisoners; was in the cavalry under Wise when he retreated to Sewell Mountain from there he was transferred to Yorktown, where he was made vidette and stayed to watch the enemy. His command was in a cavalry charge on the second U. S. Dragoons at Williamsburg, capturing a number of prisoners; fought on the right of General Lee in the Seven Days' fight, and in the raid around McClellan's army before being reorganized as company A, 10th Virginia Cavalry. After a severe attack of typhoid fever, young Loughborough served in the Signal Corps until after Chancellorsville, was in all of the battles of Fredericksburg, and had the honor to be signal officer to Stonewall Jackson during the fighting at the request of the general; later he served with the 10th Virginia Cavalry until the surrender when he made his escape with six others, all that were left to Col. Caskie, finally reaching Richmond and being paroled.
James Loughborough was born May 2, 1836, and was married December 24, 1862, at the cathedral in Richmond, Bishop John McGill officiating, to Margaret Cabell Brown, daughter of Ludwell H. Brown, of Richmond, and Margaret McClelland of Nelson. He returned to his estate, Milton, Md., where, at a ripe old age, crowned with honor and affection, he quietly and peacefully entered into eternal rest. He is survived by his wife and six of his eleven children.

Confederate Veteran, February 1922



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