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Federal (USA)


Robert J. Robinson

(c. 1843 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st and 6th United States Infantry

Before Antietam

On 14 November 1855 in New York City, then just 12 years old and 4' 5" tall, he enlisted as a Musician in Company C, 6th United States Infantry. 5 years later, on 27 October 1860, he reenlisted (with Captain Bootes) at Fort Yuma, San Diego, CA in Company G of the 6th US Infantry. He deserted on 13 March 1861 but was apprehended and returned on 21 April 1861.

On the Campaign

He died of "congestive fever" in a hospital or in camp at Sharpsburg, MD on 7 October 1862 and was buried there.

After the War

He was reinterred in the Antietam National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

His service and death from the Registers.1 Burial detail from the History,2 which says he died on 17 September 1862. His gravesite is on Findagrave. The Army's Quartermaster General's office had his grave under the name Robert J. Robbins.


c. 1843; County Tyrone, IRELAND


10/07/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 051, pg. 194; Vol. 57, pg. 11  [AotW citation 29147]

2   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869, pg. 167  [AotW citation 29148]