Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen
H. H. Hardesty.
Provided by Shirley Fox Allen
Lemuel Riggs - By occupation a farmer at the time of his enlistment, at the age of thirty years in the spring of 1863 from Wheeling, as a private soldier of Co. K, 1st W.Va. V.I., and the latter part of 1864 was transferred to Co. D, 2d W.Va. V. I. In the spring of 1865 he was confined in hospital four or five weeks on account of rheumatism. He took part in the battles of New Market, Piedmont, Lynchburg, Cedar Creek, Snicker's Gap, Berryville, and several minor engagements, receiving an honorable discharge at Clarksville, Md. May, 1865. His brother, Alfred A., served in Co. A, 12th W.Va. V. I., and died in service. His wife also had three brothers in the same service, all of whom lived to return home. Comrade Riggs was born Feb. 10, 1833, in Marshall county, a son of Thomas and Elenore (Dunlap) Riggs, both deceased. In the spring of 1855, he married Maria A. Jones, who was born Jan. 1, 1836, in this county. Her father, Jeremiah Jones, is deceased, but her mother, Jane (Perry) is yet living (1894). They have had six children, Angetta F., John F., Thomas A., William G., Chester and Charles. Comrade Riggs belongs to the M. E. Church, and in politics is a strong Republican; he is at present engaged in farming four miles east of Moundsville, W.Va., where he may be addressed.