The reviewer of "Memoir of Alexander Macomb, By George H. Richards" thought it "wholly worthless." "It appears to us that Captain Richards has produced either a very bitter satire on his hero, or a very tame and ineffectual panegyric."
Perhaps Captain Richards had "issues." From the life of William Beaumont:
"Of Beaumont's personal courage there can be no question. He was nearly involved in a duel with Captain Richards of the Artillery Corps, and indeed sent Richards a challenge, but the matter was smoothed over by mutual friends without bloodshed."