Portrait of Captain Richard Porsm Paddison.
Richard Porsm Paddison (1839-1915) was born in Harper's Ferry, VA. He studied pharmacy and moved to Boston, MA to work until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he returned to his father's home in South Creek, NC. Paddison enlisted in the war for the Confederacy in 1861, and was immediately commissioned officer and put in command of Fort Caswell near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. He was later stationed at a hospital in Southport and then in Wilmington, NC. At the end of the war, Paddison became a pioneer steamboat operator on the Black River, owning and operating a fleet of steamers. In 1885, he moved his headquarters to Florida, during which time he became friends with President Grover Cleveland. Captain Paddison retired in 1897 and returned to his country estate in Pender County ,NC.
Soldiers--Confederate States of America--Biography; Steamboat workers
Fisher, R.H. Biographical Sketches of Wilmington Citizens. Wilmington: Wilmington Stamp and Printing Company, 1929.
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