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About Felix Huston Robertson
Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. He was the only Texas born general officer to serve the Confederacy during the Civil War. Appointed to West Point in 1857, he resigned shortly before graduation in order to serve in the Confederate Army. Commissioned an officer of artillery, he participated in the reduction of Fort Sumter, battles at Shiloh, Murfreesboro and after leading a battalion at Chickamauga, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of Cavalry Corps Artillery which he led during the 1864 Atlanta campaign.
Promoted Brigadier General in July 1864, he commanded a brigade at Buckhead Creek Augusta, Georgia and was severely wounded on November 29, 1864, ending his active service. After the war he returned to Texas, became a lawyer member of the State Bar of Texas and invested in railroads and real estate. At the time of his death, he was the last surviving general of the Confederacy.
Note: Alternate date of Birth 9 Mar 1840
American Civil War General Officers about Felix Huston Robertson
Name: Felix Huston Robertson
State Served: Texas
Highest Rank: Brigadier General
Birth Date: 1839
Death Date: 1928
Birth Place: Washington, Texas
Promotions: Promoted to Full 2nd Lieut
Promoted to Full Captain
Promoted to Full Major
Promoted to Full Lt Colonel ((est day))
Promoted to Full Brig-Gen (CSA Senate did not confirm commission)
Brigadier-General Felix H. Robertson
Brigadier-General Felix H. Robertson, accredited to Texas, on the 9th of March, 1861, was commissioned as second lieutenant of artillery in the Confederate army. He was on duty at Charleston harbor during the bombardment of Fort Sumter, and was commended in the report of the officer commanding the Mount Pleasant mortar battery.
Going then to Pensacola he was appointed acting adjutant- general on the staff of Brigadier-General Gladden, with commission of captain, October, 1861. January 1, 1862, he became captain of a battery of artillery, officially designated as Alabama troops, but also claimed by Florida.
At Shiloh this battery was attached to the brigade of General Gladden. At the battle of Murfreesboro he was distinguished, particularly on the occasion of the charge of Major-General Breckinridge's division, in command of ten 12-pound Napoleon guns. General Bragg alluded to him as " an able and accomplished artillery officer." General Polk, also, in his report compliments Captain Robertson for vigilance and fearlessness in exposing himself in the discharge of his duties.
On July 1, 1863, his efficiency and valor were rewarded by the commission of major of artillery. In this rank he commanded a battalion of artillery composed of the batteries of garret, Havis, Lumsden and Massenburg, attached to Longstreet's command, at the battle of Chickamauga. In January, 1864, he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel of artillery, and assigned to the command of the artillery of Wheeler's cavalry corps, army of Tennessee, with which he served during the Atlanta campaign.
Then, being promoted to brigadier-general, he commanded a brigade of cavalry, and General Wheeler, in reporting the Tennessee campaign under Hood, mentions Robertson among the officers to whom he gives special thanks for bravery and fidelity. As Sherman marched through Georgia, General Robertson was one of the ablest lieutenants of Wheeler in harassing the Federals and frequently defeating their raiding parties.
He was reported as wounded in a fight, November 28th. In General Wheeler's last report, March, 1865, he mentioned General Robertson as one of his generals still disabled from wounds.
After the close of the war General Robertson made his home at Austin, Tex.
Source: Confederate Military History, vol. XV, p. 252
U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles about Felix Huston Robertson
Name: Felix Huston Robertson
Age at enlistment: 21
Enlistment Date: 3 Sep 1861
Rank at enlistment: 2nd Lieut
State Served: Confederate States
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Promoted to Full Captain on 15 Oct 1861.
Commissioned an officer in the Confederate States Gen. & Staff Infantry Regiment on 09 Mar 1861.
Promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 09 Mar 1861.
Promoted to Full Major on 01 Jul 1863.
Promoted to Full Lt Col on 15 Jan 1864.
Promoted to Full Brig-Gen on 26 Jul 1864.
Birth Date: 9 Mar 1840
Death Date: 20 Apr 1928
Death Place: Waco, TX
Sources: Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records
Research by R. Ross Houston
Confederate Veteran Magazine