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Confederate (CSA)

Major

Robert Johnston Wingate

(1829 - 1893)

Home State: Kentucky

Education: Masonic College, Kentucky Military Academy, US Military Academy

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: A. P. Hill's Light Division

Before Sharpsburg

He was appointed to the US Military Academy at West point in 1847, and attended, but did not graduate. He was a clerk at the Miller, Wingate & Company, manufacturer of agricultural implements, in Louisville by 1860. He enlisted as Private, and was appointed First Lieutenant, Company A, 5th Louisiana Infantry on 10 May 1861, and Adjutant of the Regiment on 16 August. He was appointed Captain and Assistant Adjutant General (AAG) to General Garnett on 16 November. He was promoted to Major and Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General (AAIG) to General A.P. Hill on 26 May 1862.

On the Campaign

From General A.P. Hill's Report:

My thanks are due my staff for their hearty co-operation and intelligent transmission of my orders under a fire frequently uncomfortably hot--Maj. R. C. Morgan, assistant adjutant-general; Major [R. J.] Wingate, Capt. R. H. T. Adams, signal officer; Lieut. Murray [F.] Taylor, aide-de-camp, and Lieutenant [C. H.] Camfield, of my escort.

The rest of the War

He was charged with drunkenness in 1863 and tried by court-martial, which "disapproved of his conduct", but he retained his commission. He served with A.P. Hill to the General's death on 2 April 1865, then on General Longstreet's staff to the surrender at Appomattox Court House, VA just over a week later.

After the War

He was in the cotton and insurance businesses in New Orleans, New York and Louisville.

References & notes

Service from Krick.1 His USMA Class from the List.2 Further details from his obituary in The Frankfort Roundabout of 2 September 1893. His gravesite is on Findagrave, which has him as Robert Johnson Wingate.

Birth

12/18/1829; Frankfort, KY

Death

08/28/1893 Louisville, KY; burial in Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, KY

Notes

1   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pg. 307  [AotW citation 17617]

2   US Military Academy, List of Cadets, United States Military Academy, from its Origin till September 1, 1917, West Point: USMA Press, 1918, pg. 92  [AotW citation 17618]