Biography of Robert F. Atkins


Atkins, Robert F., Buffalo.-Colonel Atkins was born in London, England, in 1837. His residence in Buffalo dates from 1851. Ten years later Sumter was fired upon and the cause of his adopted country found him ready and swift to respond. Casting aside all considerations of business, he threw himself into the conflict of 1861-65. His services began with the organization of a company from the ranks of the old Volunteer Fire Department, of which he had been for some time an active member. From then to the close of the war Colonel Atkins was at the front; well merited promotion coming from almost every battlefield, where courage and cool judgment made him conspicuous. While with Banks he served as brigade quartermaster on the staff of General Chapin. In August, 1863, he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel of the 18th Infantry, U. S. C. T., and placed on the Board of United States Engineers. He was the parolling officer to whom Kirby Smith turned over his command-the last armed force to surrender. Colonel Atkins is a most successful business man, a member of a large number of benevolent and fraternal orders and a citizen commanding the respect and consideration of his fellow citizens.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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