Robert Bullock was born in Greenville, North Carolina, December 8, 1828, and attended the common schools of the neighborhood. Moving to Florida at the age of sixteen, he taught school for a time; then became clerk of the circuit court of Marion County. In 1856 he took part in the suppression of the Seminole uprising of that year. Entering the Confederate Army as captain of the 7th Florida Infantry, Bullock was successively promoted through grades to colonel, and was appointed brigadier general from November 29, 1864. In Finley's brigade (which he subsequently commanded) of Bate's division, he fought gallantly at Chickamauga, in the Atlanta campaign, and in the invasion of Tennessee, where he was badly wounded in the course of the retreat from Nashville. He returned to Florida and was admitted to the bar in 1866; the same year he was elected judge of the probate court. A Democratic Presidential Elector in 1876, he was elected to the Florida legislature in 1879. From 1881 to 1889 he was again clerk of the circuit court of Marion County. He then served two terms in the Federal Congress, not being a candidate for a third term in 1892. At the time of his death at Ocala, Florida, July 27, 1905, he was judge of the circuit court, an office to which he had been elected in 1903. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Ocala.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.