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Major Robert Emmett Davidson
Posted by: Anna Gayle McClure (ID *****7320) Date: April 16, 2002 at 01:55:19
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I am doing family research on Robert Emmett Davidson, a soldier in the Spanish-American War. I have the following military information about him, but I really need personal information. I am especially interested in his date of birth and death -- his marital status -- and name of his wife, children and mother. He is buried in Ocala, Florida. However, his headstone is a military headstone that just says he was a Major in the Spanish-American War. There are no dates. Was this type of headstone the usual for these soldiers?

Below is the information I do have:

Robert E. Davidson is listed as a major for the 1 Florida infantry in the Historical Register and Dictionary of the U.S. Army, 1789 - 1903, Volume 2, page 204. This is an alphabetical list of officers of the regular army who were killed or wounded in action or taken prisoner. I found this information on-line in "Ancestry".

He is also listed in the book "Ocali Country" by Eloise Ott and Louis Chazal on page 156. The book stated: "February 14, 1898, the Battleship Maine was sunk in Havana Harbor, and the United States by April was at war with Spain and troop trains moved through Ocala. Company "A" Second Florida Infantry, known more familiarly as the Ocala Rifles," commanded by Captain R. E. Davidson, was given a tearful send-off by relatives and friends when the military unit left for Tampa."

Additional information about Robert Emmett was found in a newspaper obit about David Elmo Davidson. It stated that "Davie Elmo's brother, Major R. E. Davidson, was a commander of the Ocala Rifles."

An article in the April 1898 Ocala Banner newspaper states that Captain R. E. Davidson, was converting the Arlington Hotel in to a mess hall and recruiting officers for the Ocala Rifles . It named the men in his company and told of the days before they left for Tampa and the Spanish - American War.

Additional information was found in the "Soldiers of Florida in the Seminole Indian - Civil - Spanish - American Wars". This was prepared and published under the supervision of the Board of State Institution, as authorized by Chapter 2203 Laws of Florida, approved May 14, 1903. Page 344 states that Captain Robert E. Davidson was mustered in Company A - 1st Florida Infantry on April 25, 1898 and mustered out on December 3, 1898. He was promoted to Major: June 30, 1898.

If anyone has additional information or places I can find more about Robert Emmet Davidson -- please contact me. Robert Emmett Davidson was the son of William R. Davidson of Chambers County. This Davidson family also lived in Troup, Harris, and Jasper County, Georgia.

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