Posted By:Barry.K.Hedden
Subject:Finding my ancestor
Post Date:January 30, 2003 at 15:19:03
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Hedden, Barry K wrote:

My great-grandfather, Samuel Cornelius Robinson lived his life in Western
North Carolina. However, family legends has it that he fought for the Union
Army during the Civil War. According to his long-deceased daughter (who was
an impeccably reliable source of information) he was with Sherman at the
siege of Columbia, SC. At the time he would not have been more than 18 or 19
years old, so I'm assuming he was an infantry recruit.

I'd like to find his service record, but don't quite know how. Most
fighting units were formed geographically, but so far I have not found him
in any records of NC Union outfits. He might have fought for a TN or other
state outfit, but the number of men named Sam Robinson who fought in the
Civil War is quite large. It's worse than looking for a needle in a

Any suggestions?


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