Brevet Colonel Robert Stoddart Robertson, U.S.V.
Brevet Colonel Robert Stoddart Robertson, only son of Nicholas and Martha Hume (Stoddart) Robertson, was born at North Argyle, Washington County, New York, April 16, 1839. His education was in the common schools and at Argyle Academy, and in 1859 he entered the law-office of Hon. James Gibson, at Salem. Later he studied with Hon. Charles Crary in New York City, where he was admitted to the bar in Nov., 1860. In the winter following he located at Whitehall, but early in the fall of 1861 he turned his law-office into a recruiting station, and issued a call for the organization of a company which he expected to command. The recruits as fast as enlisted were placed in barracks at Albany, where, in the winter of 1861-62, an order was received to consolidate all parts of companies into regiments and forward them at once to Washington. Under this order his men were assigned to Company I, Ninety-third Regiment New York Infantry, but refused to go unless Robertson would accompany them. Rather than desert the men he had enlisted, he at once mustered into the service as a private, but was made orderly sergeant of his company, and in that capacity accompanied his regiment to the front. At Washington the regiment was assigned to Palmer's brigade, Casey's division of Keyes's army corps, and early in April was ordered to the Peninsula, and participated in the siege of Yorktown, where on the 14th of April, 1862, he was promoted to the second lieutenancy of his company and as such participated in the battle of Williamsburg. While on the march towards Richmond, four companies of the regiment were detached as guard to General McClellan's head-quarters, and the other six, including Robertson's, were sent to White House banding to guard the depot of supplies established there.
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