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Confederate (CSV)


Robert Shaw

(1827 - 1901)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Age 34, from Alamance County, he was conscripted as Private, Company B, First North Carolina Infantry on 15 July 1862 in Raleigh.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to his thigh in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 and captured.

The rest of the War

He was probably treated at a Federal field hospital near the battlefield and was briefly in a US Army hospital in Fredrick, MD on 12 and 13 October. He was sent on to Fort McHenry in Baltimore, paroled there on 18 October, and formally exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was sent home on furlough in November but was back with his Company by January 1863.

He was captured at Spotsylvania Court House, VA on 12 May 1864 and was held at Point Lookout, MD until transferred to Elmira, NY on 6 August. He was released on 30 June 1865 after taking an oath of allegiance.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1900 he was a farmer at Newlin in Alamance County, NC.

References & notes

His service from the Roster 1 and his Compiled Service Records, online from fold3. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1870-1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of an undated post-war passport photograph.

He married Elizabeth "Betsey" Albright (1829-1878) and they had 3 or 4 children between 1853 and 1865. He married again, Cornelia Ellen Albright (1843-1932) in January 1879 and they had 4 more.

More on the Web

Photographs of his c. 1885 smokehouse are found in the Alamance County Architectural Inventory (2014) [pdf] and Alamance County Architectural Heritage (1980) [pdf].


12/04/1827 in NC


01/18/1901; burial in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Graham, NC


1   Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth Tyree Jordan, Matthew M Brown, Michael W Coffey, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 : A Roster, 20 Volumes +, Raleigh: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1966-  [AotW citation 26334]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #978  [AotW citation 26335]