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Confederate (CSV)


Robert Hopson Wood Pinckney

(1847 - 1921)

Home State: Texas

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Texas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Probably the youngest in the Company, he enlisted at age 14 as a Private in Company G of the 4th Texas Infantry on 19 July 1861 at Anderson in Grimes County, TX and he was appointed a Musician on 1 October 1861. He was a Private soldier again by June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was in action with his Company at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September and at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was transferred to the Navy Department on 29 April 1863, appointed Acting Midshipman, CS Navy and assigned to the Confederate States Naval Academy aboard the CSS Patrick Henry, former flagship of the James River Squadron. He was formally commissioned Midshipman (Senior, Third Class) on 2 June 1864. He resigned in July 1864 and had later service in a Texas Cavalry unit.

After the War

In 1900 he was a railroad watchman in Waller County, TX and he had retired there by 1910.

References & notes

He may have gone by Richard. His service from Davis,1 as R. Pinckney, and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3, also as Richard Pinckney. Polley3 has him as Richard H. Pinckney. His CSN details (as R.E. Pinckney) from Complements, rolls, lists of persons serving in or with vessels or station (pg. 217) in the Subject File of the Confederate States Navy, 1861-65, Record Group 45, US National Archives. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, 1900, and 1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his stone has him as Robert Hopson Pinckney.

He married Emma Speed (1849-1922) in Waller County in January 1875 and they had at least 3 children.

His brother John was also at Sharpsburg with Company G.


05/09/1847; Grimes County, TX


01/19/1921; Houston, TX; burial in Hempstead Cemetery, Hempstead, TX


1   Davis, Charles E., Jr., Three years in the army: The story of the Thirteenth Massachusetts Volunteers ..., Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1894, pp. 159 - 161  [AotW citation 1857]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 26897]

3   Polley, Joseph Benjamin, Hood's Texas Brigade, New York: The Neale Publishing Company, 1910, pg. 327  [AotW citation 26898]