General William
P.
Robeson Jr.


 

GENERAL WILLIAM P. ROBESON JR. 


The following is derived from
George Reeser Prowell's
History of Camden County, N.J.
published in 1886

General William P. Robeson Jr. enlisted early in 1861, and was enrolled with the first brigade of three years' troops which left the State of New Jersey. On May 28, 1861, he was commissioned first lieutenant of Company E., Third Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers, General Kearny^s First Brigade. He was promoted to captain of the same company August 13,1862. While with the Third Regiment he participated in the following engagements:

First Bull Run VA, July 21, 1861

Munson's Hill VA, August 31, 1861

West Point VA, May 7, 1862

Gaines' Farm VA., June 27,1862

Charles City Crossroads VA, June 30, 1862

Malvern Hill VA., July 1, 1862

Manassas VA August 27, 1862

Chantilly VA September 1, 1862

Crampton's Hill MD, September 14,1862

Antietam MD, September 17, 1862

Fredericksburg VA, December 13 and 14, 1862

Second Fredericksburg VA, May 3,1863

Salem Heights VA, May 3 and 4, 1863

Gettysburg PA, July 2 and 3, 1863

Fairfield PA, July 5, 1863

Williamsport MD, July 6, 1863

Funktown MD, July 12,1863

Rappahannock Station VA, October 12, 1863

Rappahannock Station VA, November 7, 1863

Mine Run VA, November 30, 1863

After the last-named battle William P. Robeson Jr. was promoted and commissioned as major of the Third New Jersey Cavalry, on December 28, 1863. He was promoted to lieutenant-colonel of the regiment September 23, 1864, and as colonel August 4, 1865, and received a commission as brevet brigadier-general, dating back to April 1, 1865, for gallant and meritorious services in the battles of Five Forks and South Side Railroad, VA. 

William P. Robeson Jr. returned to his home in Camden after the war, and became a member of William B. Hatch Post No. 37, G.A.R. He died August 18, 1881 and was buried at Belvidere NJ. Shorlty befor his passing, in June of 1881, the William P. Robeson Post 51 of the Grand Army of the Republic was organized in Camden, and named in his honor.


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