Robert Fulton Webb(1825 - 1891)
Home State: North Carolina
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 6th North Carolina Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, he had lived in North Carolina since about 1844. He was a Mexican War veteran, having served in the First NC Regiment of Foot 1847-48. He had joined as Quartermaster Sergeant, and was later promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, Company B, at which rank he mustered out with his unit in February 1848.
He had a successful plantation in Orange County, and operated a window blind and sash factory on his property. At the outset of War in the Spring of 1861, he recruited and organized a company of troops which, in July, became Company B, 6th NC State Troops. He was Captain of that company. Very shortly after the Regiment was organized he was appointed Major. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 11 June 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was in command as senior officer present at Sharpsburg, as he had been at 2nd Manassas (28-30 August 1862) and Fox's Gap (14 September). He was wounded in the arm at Sharpsburg on the 17th.
The remainder of the War:
He was made Colonel of the Regiment on 3 July 1863 after Colonel Isaac E. Avery was killed in action at Gettysburg. He served in command until he was captured at the battle of Rappahannock Station, Virginia, on 7 November 1863. He was then at the Federal prison camp at Johnson's Island, Ohio. He was release 25 July 1865.
After the War:
He was State Representative 1865-66 and a tobacco and furniture agent in Durham.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Sources: Webbs in the Military - family genealogical information compiled online by Jonathan Webb Deiss;
Biographical details by email from biographer and g-g-grandson William I. Berryhill, Jr. to the webmaster;
Jones, Johnstone, Brigadier General (Adjutant General of the State of North Carolina), Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War with Mexico, Raleigh: Edwards & Broughton, printer for the state, 1887 - transcription online on RootsWeb by William R. Navey ; and
Commanding officers' data from the History of the 6th North Carolina State Troops (reenactors) website - created and maintained by webmaster Rick Walton.
Notes: A chapter of the Confederate Officers of North Carolina Society, Military Order of Stars and Bars, in Raleigh, NC, is named for the Colonel.
|Birth Date: 04/25/1825 Place of Birth: Washington, DC |
Death Date: 01/11/1891 Death Place: Durham, NC Burial Place: Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, NC
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