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W.J. Roberts
W.J. Roberts

Federal (USV)


William Jay Roberts

(1836 - 1870)
Home State: Connecticut
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 8th Connecticut Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
A law student in the offices of Judge David C. Sanford in New Milford, he mustered as First Lieutenant, Company I, 8th Connecticut Infantry on 21 September 1861. He was promoted to Captain 5 May 1862 on the resignation of Frederick W. Jackson.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He commanded his Company in Maryland, in action at Antietam.

The remainder of the War:
He was discharged on disability on 31 January 1865 - from wounds received at Fort Harrison/Chaffin's Farm, VA 29 September 1864.

After the War:
He was admitted to the bar in Litchfield County in 1866, but did not practice due to "bronchial difficulty", and died at age 34 in 1870.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Ingersoll1. His presence at Antietam from a letter he wrote after the battle, beautifully presented online by John Banks on his blog. Some personal details from Kilbourn's The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, Connecticut 1709 - 1909 (1909) and the 1869-1870 Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University (1870) [pdf]. His photo here from one of unknown provenance posted to his gravesite on Findagrave by Dale Ryan. Further details from family genealogists. He had married Ann Eliza Horton (Hartford, CT, 16 March 1865). They had three children - only one child, daughter Caroline Eliza (b. 1869), survived him.

Birth Date: 05/01/1836    Place of Birth: Milford, CT    
College: Yale University    Graduating Year: 1859    
Death Date: 06/30/1870    Death Place: New Milford, CT    Burial Place: Center Cemetery, New Milford, CT


1   Ingersoll, Colin Macrae, Adjutant-General, Catalogue of Connecticut Volunteer Organizations in the Service of the United States, 1861-1865, Hartford: Brown & Gross, 1869, pg. 388  [AotW citation 13488]

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