About Robert Temple Emmet
Robert Temple Emmet (December 13, 1854 – October 25, 1936) was a United States Army Colonel who was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions while surrounded by a much larger force. An 1877 graduate of West Point, he served in numerous campaigns on the Western Frontier.
Education and army career
Emmet was born in New York City to William Jenkins Emmet and Julia Colt Pierson. He has a twin sister named Rosina Emmet Sherwood and had two other sisters, Lydia Field Emmet and Jane Emmet de Glehn. All three of his sisters were noted portrait artists. He is the great-grandson of Thomas Addis Emmet, a lawyer, who was an elder brother of executed Irish nationalist Robert Emmet. His father's parents were Robert Emmet and Rosina Hubley. His mother's parents were Josiah G. Pierson and Julia Colt. He graduated from West Point in 1877. Emmet was commissioned Second Lieutenant, in the 9th Cavalry Regiment of the Buffalo Soldiers upon graduation.
Emmet's brothers are: Christopher Temple Emmet, a graduate of the Yale Forest School Class of 1902; William LeRoy Emmet, who is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1881; Devereux Emmet; and Richard Stockton Emmet. He has an uncle, John Emmet, who attended West Point from 1814-1817.
Medal of Honor citation
Emmet received the Medal of Honor for actions at Las Animas Canyon, New Mexico.
Citation: "Lt. Emmet was in G Troop which was sent to relieve a detachment of soldiers under attack by hostile Apaches During a flank attack on the Indian camp, made to divert the hostiles Lt. Emmet and 5 of his men became surrounded when the Indians returned to defend their camp. Finding that the Indians were making for a position from which they could direct their fire on the retreating troop, the Lieutenant held his point with his party until the soldiers reached the safety of a canyon. Lt. Emmet then continued to hold his position while his party recovered their horses. The enemy force consisted of approximately 200."