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R.F. Catterson
R.F. Catterson

Federal (USV)


Robert Francis Catterson

(1835 - 1914)
Home State: Indiana
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 14th Indiana Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
Educated at Adrian College (MI) and Cincinnati Medical College, he had just established a medical practice in Rockville, IN by 1861. He enlisted in Company A, 14th Indiana Infantry on 23 April 1861, enrolling in Rockvile, and was soon after appointed First Sergeant. He was promoted 2nd Lieutenant on 5 July 1861, First Lieutenant 15 March 1862, was acting Adjutant of the Regiment, then appointed Captain on 4 May 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 in the right knee, left hand, left foot, and right buttock.

The remainder of the War:
On 18 October he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the 97th Indiana Infantry, enrolling at Indianapolis, IN. Promoted to Colonel on 25 November 1862. He was in command of 2nd Brigade, 1st Division (XV Corps) from 4 April 1865. He was honored by brevet to Brigadier General of Volunteers in May 1865.

After the War:
He went into the cotton business in Arkansas, was an Arkansas Militia General, U. S. Marshal, and Mayor of Little Rock (1872-74). He was in Minnesota and attempted farming and selling farm tools.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Service information from the Indiana Digital Archives and Eicher & Eicher1. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave. His photograph from one [LC-DIG-ppmscd-00087] at the Library of Congress. Thanks to descendent Ed Catterson for the pointer to the General, along with details about his life.

Birth Date: 03/22/1835    Place of Birth: Beech Grove, IN    
College: Adrian (MI) College; Cincinnati Medical College    
Death Date: 03/30/1914    Death Place: San Antonio, TX    Burial Place: San Antonio National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX


1   Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001, pg. 168  [AotW citation 13229]

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