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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1837

Vol. I

(Born Va.)

Robert H. Chilton

(Ap'd Va.)


Robert Hall Chilton: Born Feb 25, 1815, Loudon City, VA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1833, to July 1, 1837, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, July 1, 1837.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1837, — Osage Country, 1837, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1837‑39, — Choctaw Nation,  p696 1839‑41, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1841, — and Ft. Wayne, I. T., 1841‑42; on Recruiting service, 1842; on frontier duty at Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1843, —

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Feb. 21, 1842)

Western Prairie, 1843, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1843‑44, — Expedition to the Falls of the Brazos, Tex., 1844, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1844‑45, — and Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, on

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, May 11 to Dec. 6, 1846)

(Captain, 1st Dragoons, Dec. 6, 1846, to July 25, 1854)

Quartermaster duty, and was engaged in the Battle of Buena Vista, Feb. 22‑23, 1847; on frontier duty in Pawnee Expedition, 1849, being

(Bvt. Major, Feb. 23, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Buena Vista, Mex.)

engaged in a Skirmish on Platte River, near Ft. Kearny, Neb., Oct. 29, 1849, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1850‑51, — Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1851, — Oregon route, 1851, — Ft. Atkinson, Kan., 1852, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1852‑53, — Ft. Atkinson, Kan., 1853, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1853‑54, — and Ft. Union, N. M., 1854; and in Pay Department at Washington,

(Major, Staff — Paymaster, July 25, 1854)

D. C., 1854, — New York, 1854‑55, — Detroit, Mich., 1855, — San Antonio, Tex., 1855‑60, — and Detroit, Mich., 1860‑61.

Resigned, Apr. 29, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — President of the Columbus, Ga., Manufacturing Company, 1869‑79.

Died, Feb. 18, 1879, at Columbus, Ga.: Aged 63.

Buried, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he was Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Robert E. Lee's Chief of Staff, at least nominally, for most of the war (see Freeman, R. E. Lee, especially I.641‑642, II.235‑236, 249, III.229, and index). A great deal of mystery and controversy surrounds one item in his career: his responsibility — or not — for the "Lost Order" which, intercepted by the Union Army, significantly contributed to the Confederate defeat at Antietam; those who believe him to have been responsible for it are divided in blaming it on incompetence or treason; the case is well laid out at Project PlugUgly.

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