Robert Thompson Coles, Jr.(1842 - 1925)
Home State: Alabama
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 4th Alabama Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
An 18 year old student at the LaGrange Military Academy in Huntsville, he enlisted as a Private in Company F, 4th Alabama Infantry on 26 April 1861. He was appointed Sergeant Major of the Regiment on 2 May 1861. He was appointed Adjutant in April 1862 at the regimental reorganization. He was wounded in action at Gaines' Mill, VA on 27 June 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He later wrote something of his experience at Sharpsburg:
We had now been engaged almost three hours fighting desperately without any intermission, most of the men had exhausted their ammunition, and all had exhausted themselves in their efforts to drive the enemy from his position ... General Hood kept his staff and couriers busy going over the field directing the scattered men of the Division to assemble in the rear of Dunker Church.
The remainder of the War:
He served as Adjutant to the end of the War.
After the War:
By 1907 he was living in Upton, AL.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Service details from the Alabama Archives1. The picture here from a photograph also in the State Archives. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Coles' own regimental history, source of the quote above, was published as From Huntsville to Appomattox: R. T. Coles's History of 4th Regiment (1996), Jeffrey D. Stocker, editor.
|Birth Date: 06/29/1842 Place of Birth: Pittsylvania County, VA |
Death Date: 02/12/1925 Burial Place: Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, AL
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