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R.S. Swords

R.S. Swords

Federal (USV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Robert Smith Swords

(1816 - 1881)

Home State: New Jersey

Education: Columbia University, Class of 1834

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th New Jersey Infantry

Before Antietam

He practiced law in New York and was judge-advocate there until retiring and moving to Passaic, New Jersey in 1849. He was then magistrate of Union Township. He was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of the 13th New Jersey Infantry in August 1862.

On the Campaign

Commanded the regiment on the march 13-14 September. Relieved Colonel Carman, who went to the hospital sometime on the 17th.

The rest of the War

He resigned in 1863 and afterward resided in Newark, New Jersey. He was active in public organizations and published a number of historical papers.

References & notes

Basic information from Toombs1. Biographical details from Appleton's2. His photograph here from a CDV in the collection of the New Jersey State Archives.


07/12/1816; New York City, NY


01/15/1881; Newark, NJ; burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx, NY


1   Toombs, Samuel, Reminiscences of the War ... the Thirteenth Regiment New Jersey Volunteers, Orange (NJ): The (Orange) Journal, 1878, pp. 15 - 21  [AotW citation 7829]

2   Fiske, John, and James Grant Wilson, editors, Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, 6 vols., New York City: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889  [AotW citation 7874]