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Re: 50th Regiment -- Roberts brothers

For Dreama Roberts:

Pleased to meet you, cousin! First, I'd like to invite you and all Roberts' you know of to my Facebook group page – “Roberts Family Ancestors of Virginia.” Here’s the link (copy and paste in your browser’s search field)

Jesse and Garland were both in my mother's paternal lineage. Here's what I have on Gustavus as a compilation of info from George Martin and As for James and Susan (Lawhorne) Roberts, James died early in their marriage from a farm accident, as I heard from another relative. Susan's name popped up in some farmland records in Amherst County, VA. It's on Roberts Rd. in the Beverlytown area of Pera, VA. It describes 110-115 acres being deeded by the chancery court to Jesse, and 35-40 ac being deeded to John Jr., Gustavus, and Garland together. John Sr. died in the war from disease shortly after beginning training and its not clear whether he fought at all. If he did it was with his Artillery Unit at the Battle of Drewry's Bluff down river from Richmond, a CSA victory.

Gustavus Roberts:

Enlisted on 7/2/1861 at Bethel, VA as a Private.
On 7/2/1861 he mustered into "F" Co. VA 50th Infantry – The Pedlar Mills Guard, Floyd’s Brigade
He was described at enlistment as:
5' 8", dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair
He got sick with catarrhal fever in Lewisburg, WV in camp.
He was discharged for disability on 5/10/1862 at Camp Jackson, Wytheville, VA.

Right after his discharge, he was lucky to miss a one-sided Union slaughter of his unit on May 23, 1862. The Battle of Lewisburg (WV) lasted 27 minutes, with the Confederate casualties greatly outnumbering their rivals - 80 Confederate lay dead, 100 wounded, and an additional 157 were taken prisoner. The Union recovered over 300 small arms, 25 horses and 4 artillery pieces, including an old 12-pounder cannon that was taken from the British at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. In comparison, the Union only suffered 13 dead, 53 wounded, and had 7 taken prisoner.

Best regards,


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