Beverly H. Robertson

General

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Beverly Holcombe Robertson was born at "The Oaks," Amelia County, Virginia, June 5, 1827, and was graduated from West Point in the class of 1849. Almost his entire old army service was with the 2nd Dragoons on the frontier. A part of the time he was under the command of Colonel (later Brigadier General) Philip St. George Cooke, U.S.A., the father-in-law of Jeb Stuart, who commended him repeatedly in dispatches. Robertson was dismissed from the U. S. Army on August 8, 1861, "having given proof of his disloyalty." This charge was amply supported in Union eyes by the fact that he had been appointed a captain in the Confederate adjutant general's department to rank from March 16, 1861, and was soon after elected colonel of the 4th Virginia Cavalry, C.S.A. With this regiment he took part in Jackson's Valley campaign of 1862, and after the death of Turner Ashby, commanded Jackson's cavalry. He was promoted brigadier general on June 9, 1862. Joining the Army of Northern Virginia in August, he served under Stuart in the Second Manassas campaign. Subsequently he was ordered to North Carolina. He returned to Virginia in May 1863 to operate with the main army during the Gettysburg campaign. At the time, Stuart's principal force was making the still-controversial flank march around the Army of the Potomac. Distrusted by Stuart as being "troublesome," and criticized during the movement into Pennsylvania, General Robertson was relieved and transferred to South Carolina, where he remained until the evacuation of the District on the approach of Sherman. Some time after the war he removed to Washington and engaged in the insurance business. He died there in his eighty-fourth year, November 12, 1910. He was buried in Amelia County, Virginia.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.