From the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2/17/1905, p. 9, c. 4
LIBBY PRISON GUARD DIES AT NINETY-FIVE
Mr. William H. Hopkins, possibly the oldest resident of Richmond, died last night at 10:45 o’clock at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. P. M.. Jackson, No. 16 South Lombardy Street.
Mr. Hopkins was born in 1810, and was therefore ninety-five years of age. He was a carriage trimmer by occupation, and remained in active employment almost up to the time of his death.
When the war broke out Mr. Hopkins was fifty-one years of age, and was therefore too old for enlistment. His desire to serve his country, however, was so great that he volunteered and was engaged to serve as guard at old Libby Prison, where he rendered excellent and faithful service.
Mr. Hopkins is survived by two daughters, Mrs. P. M. Jackson, of this city, and Mrs. John Gordon, of Baltimore; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, several of whom have reached men’s estate.
Mr. Hopkins was held in high esteem by his friends and in the community.