Richard L. Maury was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, the son of Commodore Matthew Fontaine Maury. He was a major, then a colonel, of the 24th Virginia Regiment in the Civil War. After the war, he followed Confederate exiles to Mexico. His father had been appointed Commissioner for Colonization by the Emperor of Mexico, Maximilian. He soon returned to Virginia whre he practiced law. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Richard L. Maury (Colonel).