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!UNKNOWN LABEL

Label
1864-1897
Inclusive dates
1864-1897
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Language
eng
Summary
Papers, 1864-1897, of Robert H. Chilton (1815-1879) of Loudoun County, Virginia, and Columbus, Georgia, consisting of a letter, 24 March 1864, from Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) concerning Chilton's assignment to duty in Richmond, Virginia, which resulted in his loss of promotion to brigadier general; a letter, 6 October 1865, from Robert E. Lee discussing Chilton's difficulty in finding employment and Lee's situation at Washington College in Lexington, Virginia; a letter, 10 January 1867, from Robert E. Lee concerning the future of the South and sending personal and family news; a letter, 10 March 1867, from Mary Custis Lee (1807-1873) to Laura T. Mason Chilton (1826-1911) containing personal and family news; a letter, 22 November 1869, from Robert E. Lee to Laura Mason Chilton sending personal news; a letter, 7 April 1870, from Robert E. Lee to Chilton containing personal news; a commission, 16 February 1864, from Secretary of War James A. Seddon (1815-1880) appointing Chilton brigadier general to date from 21 December 1863; and a newspaper clipping, 1897, concerning Chimborazo Hospital and Park in Richmond, Virginia
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Biographical or historical data
Robert Hall Chilton was born 25 February 1815 in Loudoun County, Virginia. He attended the United States Military Academy from 1833 to 1837. After graduation, he served as a lieutenant in the United States army. Promoted to captain, he fought at the battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican War and was brevetted a major for gallantry. Chilton resigned his commission 29 April 1861 and joined the Confederate army with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. During the war, he served as adjutant-general of the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee (1807-1870). Despite his close relationship with Lee, Chilton had difficulty achieving a promotion until 16 February 1864. The following April, Chilton asked to be relieved of field command and returned to the inspection branch as a colonel. After the Civil War, he became president of the Columbus Manufacturing Company in Columbus, Georgia. Chilton maried Laura T. Mason (1826-1911) of Westmoreland County, Virginia, and they had children. Chilton died 18 February 1879 at his office in Columbus. He was buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.
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Vi
Form designation
Papers
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
14
Immediate source of acquisition
Confederate Museum
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000501604
Reproduction note
Photostats (negative).
Type of unit
leaves.

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