Richard C. M. Page was born on January 2, 1841 in Albemarle County, Virginia.
On July 14, 1861 he enlisted as a private in the Rockbridge Artillery at Winchester, Virginia. He fought with the battery at the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861. In October of that year he transferred to the Morris Artillery as Second Gun Sergeant.
During the reorganization of the army in April of 1862 he was elected captain of the battery, effective to May 2. Page commanded the battery beginning with the Peninsula Campaign and through the campaigns . He was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, when the battery was engaged on Oak Hill (see Battery marker at Gettysburg) and suffered the greatest casualties of any Confederate artillery battery during the battle. Page recovered and returned to the battery in October.
On February 27, 1864 he was promoted to Major and given command of a battalion of four artillery batteries. The battery suffered severe casualties in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House and was consolidated with another battery. Page was reassigned to southwestern Virginia to serve under General Echols.
After the war Page attended the Universit of Virginia, graduating in 1868 with a medical degree. He opened a practice in New York City. and was the author of a handbook of physical diagonosis.
Page also authored a history of the Morris Artillery in 1885 and a geneology of the Page family of Virginia.
Richard C. M. Page died on June 19, 1898.