Richard Henry Dulany

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Richard Henry Dulany
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Military portrait of Colonel Richard Henry Dulany
Loudoun County, Virginia
Upperville, Virginia
AllegianceUnited States of America
Confederate States of America
Service/branchConfederate States Army Cavalry
Years of service1861–65
RankConfederate States of America Colonel.png Colonel
Unit7th Virginia Cavalry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Colonel Richard Henry Dulany (August 10, 1820 - October 31, 1906) was an American equestrian.

Early life[edit]

Richard Henry Dulany was born on August 10, 1820 in Unison, Loudoun County, Virginia.[1] He was the son of John Peyton Dulany and Mary Ann DeButts[1] , and the grandson of Samuel DeButts of Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm. The Dulany family descend from the O'Dulanys of County Queen's, Ireland, and reached America when Daniel (the Elder), Joseph, and William Dulany arrived in Port Tobacco, Charles County, British Colonial Maryland, in April, 1703.

Adult life[edit]

He Dulany founded the Upperville Colt & Horse Show in 1853.[2] It is the oldest horse show in America. He also founded the Piedmont Fox Hounds in 1840, one of the oldest foxhunting organizations in the country.[3]

During the American Civil War, he was first a captain of Company A, 6th Virginia Cavalry, and then colonel of the 7th Virginia Cavalry. Colonel Dulany was badly wounded at Kernstown. In Rosser's fight with Sheridan his left arm was permanently disabled, and in the capture of the block house at Brock's Gap, his right arm was wounded.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He married his cousin Rebecca Anne Dulany and they had five children: Mary, Fanny, Johnnie, Hal and Richard ("Dick").[1] The Dulanys resided first at Old Welbourne until it burned down in a fire in the nineteenth century. They then moved to the present Welbourne, where the descendants, now in the eighth generation, still live today.[5]


He died in Upperville, Virginia in 1906.[1] He was buried at the Old Welbourne Cemetery in Unison, Virginia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e FindAGrave: Col Richard Henry Dulany
  2. ^ Upperville Colt & Horse Show: History
  3. ^ Winants, Peter (2000). Steeplechasing. Derrydale Press. p. 42.
  4. ^ Tyler, Lyon (1906). Men of Mark in Virginia. Men of Mark Publishing Company. pp. 75–76.

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  5. ^ Brenner & Ford (2012). Middleburg. Arcadia Publishing. p. 109.