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Confederate (CSV)


Patton Robertson

(1842 - 1862)

Home State: Tennessee

Education: Western Military Academy (TN)

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: French's Stafford (VA) Battery

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was an 18 year old student living with his wealthy farmer father Abner and 4 siblings in Nashville, TN.

He had service early in 1861 "in Virginia with Colonel Bates' (2nd Tennessee Infantry) regiment" and was in charge of an artillery piece in action at Aquia Creek on the Potomac River on 1 June. He was voted a Resolution of Thanks for that action by the Tennessee General Assembly on 1 July. The same day, Tennessee Major General Samuel R. Anderson, with the concurrence of Governor Harris, recommended him to CS President Davis for a commission as Lieutenant of Artillery. The President received a similar letter from Colonel William B. Bates on the 11th.

Patton enrolled on 5 August 1861 and was appointed 2nd Lieutenant of Captain John R. Cooke's Company - the Stafford Light Artillery.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on Loudoun Heights, VA near Harpers Ferry on 15 September 1862.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3. His death date and place from Walkup,2 as "Lt. Robinson of French's battery." Personal details from family genealogists, notably Lavinia R. Hill Brown in The American Historical Magazine (April - October 1896), and they US Census of 1860.

His great-grandfather was General James Robertson (1742-1814), a "father of Tennessee" and co-founder of Nashville (1779).

After the war, in 1866, his sister Anna Bell (1838-88) married the widower and former Major General, CSA, Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, and they had 5 children by 1880. The first they named for his father and the third for Cheatham's 1864 commander at Atlanta, Joseph Johnston. The second son they named Patton Robertson Cheatham.


1842; Nashville, TN


09/15/1862; Loudoun Heights, VA


1   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 30412]

2   Walkup, Samuel Hoey, S.H. Walkup Papers, 1858-1876: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wilson Library, Southern Historical Collection, Diary (typed transcription) entry for 12 Sept 62 (p. 21)  [AotW citation 30414]