Henry A. Atkinson, Jr. was born near Richmond, VA, the son of Henry A. Atkinson Sr. (1815-1899), a partner in Belvin & Atkinson, furniture manufacturers and dealers in Richmond, VA, and his wife, Grace Elizabeth Belvin (1820-1893), sister of his partner, John A. Belvin. He attended the University of Virginia in sessions 39-40 and 42 (1862-1864 and 1865-1866).
On 1 May, 1864, Atkinson Jr. enlisted as a private in Parker’s Battery of the Virginia Light Artillery, then later transferred to Company F of the Third Regiment, Virginia Cavalry. He was wounded and captured at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House, and was imprisoned in Washington, D.C. and Elmira, NY. He was released just before the fall of Richmond. (National Cyclopedia)
After the end of the Civil War, Atkinson Jr. returned to U.Va. for a year and earned his law degree. He passed the bar and opened a law practice in Richmond, and later became active politically. He served as Commonwealth’s Attorney for Henrico County, VA, from 1870 to 1873, and served two terms in the Virginia State Senate, where he served as chairman of the judiciary committee, among other appointments.
Henry A. Atkinson Jr. married Arabella Virginia Dobson (1848-1918) on 4 Nov. 1868. The couple had five children: Margaret Belle, Henry Dobson, Lucy Clair, Ethel Walker, and Marmaduke A. Atkinson. (Agate; Hatfield) Atkinson Jr. and his wife are buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA. The family plot is marked by a life-size sculpture of an angel. (Findagrave.com)
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