Jerome Bonaparte Robertson

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Jerome Bonaparte Robertson, "Polly," the father of General Felix H. Robertson, was born in Woodford County, Kentucky, March 14, 1815. Left penniless at an early age by the death of his father, he was apprenticed for some years to a hatter. Afterwards he studied medicine and was graduated from Transylvania University in 1835. Removing to Texas the following year, he saw some service in the army of the then Republic, and subsequently settled in Washington County, where he practiced his profession for thirty-four years. Meantime he became renowned as an Indian fighter. He was also a member of both houses of the Texas legislature, and a delegate to the secession convention of 1861. He entered the Confederate Army as a captain in the 5th Texas Infantry; and was promoted lieutenant colonel in November 1861, colonel on June 1, 1862, and brigadier general on November 1, 1862. He led his regiment in the Seven Days battles, and was wounded at Second Manassas, and again at Gettysburg while in command of the Texas Brigade. Accompanying General Longstreet to the West, he fought at Chickamauga and in the Knoxville campaign, and subsequently was transferred to Texas to assume command of the reserve corps of the state. The balance of his war service was in the Trans-Mississippi. Returning to his home in Independence, Texas, General Robertson practiced medicine for a time, and in 1874 became superintendent of the state bureau of immigration. Five years later he moved to Waco, and interested himself in railroad building in West Texas. His death occurred at Waco on January 7, 1891, and he is buried there.

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

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