Biography of Robert L. Kilpatrick
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





ROBERT L. KILPATRICK, retired officer of United States Army, Springfield. Among the many prominent men who adorn history, none are more worthy of mention than those who fought, and suffered for their countray's rights. During the late rebellion, when the question was whether this glorious Union should be preserved or destroyed, thousands answered their country's first call, pledging themselves to die, if need be in maintaining the Union; and among that number was our subject, CoL Robert L. Kilpatrick. He was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, April 20, 1825; he joined the British army as volunteer, April 21, 1841, and served in said army until March 3, 1851; was in foreign service all that time, except one year; left the regiment at Bermuda Islands and came to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he learned ornamental painting and imitation of woods and marbles. In 1861, April 21, in the first call for troops, Mr. Kilpatrick raised a company of 101 men, and was assigned as Co. B, 5th O. V. I.; served as Captain in said regiment until April 17, 1863, when he was mustered in as Lieutenant Colonel, and commanded the regiment in several engagements; he lost his right arm in the battle of Chancellorsville, on the 3d day of May, 1863, while in command of the regiment; he received two other wounds in the same battle; joined the regiment again in January, 1864; was mustered tat of the regiment Aug. 7, and, in October of the same year, was appointed Captain of a company of cavalry of the Veteran Reserve Corps, and was Assistant Provost Marshal of the Military District of Washington; he was mustered out of the Reserve Corps June 30, 1866, and appointed Captain in the regular army July 28, same year; he received brevet rank of Major and Lieutenant Colonel of the regular army, and was retired with full rank of Colonel Dec. 15, 1870. He was taken prisoner on the retreat from the battle of Ft. Republic, Va., June 9, 1862, and was held in Salsbury and Libby Prisons about three months He was married, in October, 1855, to Margaret Lang, also a native of Paisley, Scotland. In 1871, they came to Springfield, and have permanently located here; their residence is on the southeast corner of Yellow Springs and Washington streets. Should any one who reads this sketch call on the Colonel, they will find him a very pleasant and affable gentleman_

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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