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Federal (USV)


Robert Hughes Fitzhugh

(1840 - 1920)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Yale University, Class of 1861

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 2nd United States Artillery, Battery D

Before Antietam

He was appointed First Lieutenant, Battery F, First New York Light Artillery on 7 October 1861. He was wounded in action on 28 August 1862 at Beverly's Ford, VA.

On the Campaign

He was attached to Battery D, 2nd US Artilley on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain, Battery K, First NY, on 24 November 1862, and to Major on 17 September 1863. He was wounded in action near Petersburg, VA at the Crater on 30 July 1864. He was honored by brevet to Lieutenant Colonell in August 1864 for his service at Gettysburg and Petersburg. He mustered out with his Regiment on 21 June 1865 at Elmira, NY.

After the War

He farmed in Iowa into 1866, was then a year with the Mt. Carbon Coal & Railroad Co. in Illinois. He returned to farming, at Colfax, IA and ranching, in Nebraska, to about 1890, when he went to Pennsylvania. He was a mine manager for a Pittsburg company 1890-94. He was back in uniform for the Spanish-American War, serving as Major and Chief Commissary of Subsistence, US Volunteers from 3 June 1898 to 31 October 1899. He then returned to his home in Allegheny, PA.

References & notes

Service data from Heitman1 and Phisterer2. His presence at Antietam from Lt. Williston's Report. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave. He shares the gravesite with his brother Charles Lane Fitzhugh (USMA September '61). Details from the Decennial Record of Yale University Class of 1861 (1872) and The Century Cyclopedia of History and Biography of Pennsylvania, Vol. 2 (1904). He established an Association of Dekes (Delta Kappa Epsilon members) at Manila in November 1898.


10/17/1840; Oswego, NY


05/04/1920; Pittsburgh, PA; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 423  [AotW citation 13525]

2   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. II, pp. 1223-24  [AotW citation 13526]