Robert Hugh Gaston(1844 - 1862)
Home State: Texas
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Texas Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
He moved with his family from Alabama to Anderson County, TX in the early 1850s. He enlisted in Company H - the Texas Guards - First Texas Infantry as 4th Corporal, and mustered in with the Company on 24 June 1861. He was elected 3rd Lieutenant on 22 May 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was killed in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg. His body reported as found on the flag there.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Davis1 with details from Roster data posted on the Texas Brigade (reenactor) site. His photograph from one of unknown provenance posted by Jason Spellman on his blog Significant Word in 2013. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
Wartime letters from Robert and his brother William are in Tyler to Sharpsburg: The War Letters of Robert H. and William H. Gaston (1960), edited by Robert W. Glover, source of some details.
|Place of Birth: Prairie Bluff, AL |
Death Date: 09/17/1862 Death Place: Sharpsburg, MD Burial Place: Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD
1 Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, Pg. 142 [AotW citation 1516]
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