Robert Randolph(1835 - 1864)
Home State: Virginia
Command Billet: Company Commander
Branch of Service: Cavalry
Unit: Company H, 4th Virginia Cavalry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
Robert's father was first cousin to Robert E Lee, and the Randolphs had been prominent in Virginia since before the Revolution. He was born in Fauquier County, and had graduated from the University of Virginia Law School. In 1858 he was elected First Lieutenant at the initial organization of the militia cavalry company to be called the Black Horse Cavalry.
The Black Horse entered Confederate service in April 1861, and Randolph was elected Captain in September 1861.
The remainder of the War:
He was promoted to Major of the Regiment 4 September 1863, and Lieutenant Colonel 11 February 1864. He was killed by a sharpshooter during the defense of Richmond in May 1864.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Biographical and service data collected by Hopewell.1
|Birth Date: 11/18/1835 Place of Birth: near Casanova, VA |
College: University of Virginia
Death Date: 05/12/1864 Death Place: Meadow Bridge, VA
1 Hopewell, Lynn (Harry Lynn Jr), A Biographical Register of the Members of Fauquier County Virginia's Black Horse Cavalry 1859-1865, Warrenton (Va): Black Horse Press, 2002, pp. 12, 14, 229-235 [AotW citation 237]
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