|Colonel George W. Robbins
8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
from the collection of Bill Jackson, 2d Great
Grandson of Horace Mann Baker of Co K, 8th WI, a friend of Augie Weisert
and William P. Lyon, Capt. of Co. K..
Col. Robbins began his military career in the 8th Wisconsin as
Lieutenant Colonel sworn in by Gov. Randall on 8/16/1861. Entering as a New England
(Conn.) born and educated 21 year old
farmer from Madison, he was popular with the men of the regiment. He and Major Jefferson led the 8th in their first
battle at Farmington. He was wounded at Corinth, Mississippi , October
After Colonel Murphy's surrender at Holly Springs and
dismissal from service, Lt. Col. Robins became Col. Robbins. December
20, 1862. He was injured at Vicksburg in a horse related accident a year
after his injury at Corinth. Due to health problems that continued after
his second injury, Col. Robbins resigned his commission September 31,
1863 and returned to Mass. In one of
the letters from Augie to Horace, Augie mentions that Col. Robbins died
at Avon, Mass.
He had served at Frederickstown, Mo., New Madrid, Island No. Ten,
Farmington, Corinth, Iuka, Jackson, MS., Vicksburg and Richmond, La.
When he enlisted he was single, had light eyes, hair and
complexion and stood 5' 8" tall.