(c. 1840 - 1862)
Home State: New York
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 108th New York Infantry
Age 21, he enlisted 2 May 1861 at Lyons, NY, and mustered as Sergeant, Company B, 27th New York Infantry on 21 May. He was promoted to First Sergeant1 December 1861. He was transferred 5 August 1862 for promotion, and mustered as 2nd Lieutenant, 108th New York Infantry on 9 August 1862 (commissioned 9 September).
On the Campaign
He was killed in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.
After the War
THE HOLMES MONUMENT. - The Lyons Republican says the monument recently erected in the Lyons Cemetery by the members of (late) Company B, 27th Regiment, N. Y. S. V., is an appropriate testimonial of respect for their lamented comrade, Robert E. Holmes, who fell on the bloody field of Antietam on the 17th day of September, 1862. The monument was gotten up at the Marble Works of E. B. Wells, of Clyde, and its style, finish, and workmanship, reflects great credit upon his establishment. The monument is nine feet in height. It has an American flag neatly chiseled above the inscription. The inscription is as follows:
ROBERT E. HOLMES, Volunteered in defence of his country with Co. B, 27th Regiment, N. Y. S. V., April 27, 1861. Promoted to Second Lieutenant in the 108th Regiment, N. Y. S. V., August 5th, 1862. Fell at Antietam, Md., September 17th, 1862, aged 22 years. A Patriot, Hero, and Friend. This monument is erected by the members of Company B, his first companions in arms, as a slight testimonial of their love for him as a soldier and a friend.
References & notes
09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD