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W.M. Robbins
W.M. Robbins

Confederate (CSA)


William McKendree Robbins

(1828 - 1905)
Home State: Alabama
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 4th Alabama Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He taught mathematics at Normal (now Trinity) College (NC) for two years, moved to Glennville, AL and opened the Female College there, but by 1858 he was a lawyer in Selma, AL. He enlisted on 24 April 1861 at Selma in the Marion Light Infantry, which mustered into service as Company G, 4th Alabama Infantry. He was appointed First Lieutenant. He was elected Captain on 22 April 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He assumed command of the Regiment as next senior officer after Capt Scruggs was wounded on 17 September at Sharpsburg.

The remainder of the War:
He was promoted to Major on 3 October 1863. He was wounded in the head in action at the Wilderness on 6 May 1864. He was with his Regiment at the surrender at Appomattox, VA on 9 April 1865.

After the War:
He returned to North Carolina in December 1865 and practiced law in Salisbury. He was elecetd to the State Senate in 1868 and 1872, and to the US House of Representatives 1872, '74, and '76. He moved his practice to Statesville. In 1894 he was appointed by President Cleveland to the Gettysburg Battle Field Commission.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Service information from the Alabama database.1 Details from a bio sketch from the NCpedia. Photograph above from one in the collection of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, found online through Alabama Mosaic, a project of the Auburn University Digital Library. His papers are in the Southern Historical Collection at UNC, many digitized and online.

Birth Date: 10/26/1828    Place of Birth: Randolph County, NC    
College: Randolph-Macon College (AB '51, AM '54)    Graduating Year: 1854    
Death Date: 05/03/1905    Death Place: Salisbury, NC    Burial Place: Oakwood Cemetery, Statesville, NC


1   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <http://www.archives.state.al.us/civilwar/index.cfm>  [AotW citation 15545]

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