Beverly Robertson Biography
Beverly Holcombe Robertson was one of the well-known cavalry officers of the Army of Northern Virginia in the United States Army in the ‘Western frontier’ and ‘Confederate States Army general’ during the American Civil War. He was one of the military men whose education and training beginning with the West Point, drawn out by campaigns and battling with the red men of the western plains, clinched his military career with the moving scenes of Civil War.
Early Life & Education
Holcombe was born in The Oaks in Amelia Country, Virginia, on June 5, 1827. In 1849, he graduated from the US Military Academy and was assigned as second lieutenant to Col. Chas. A. May’s Company E in the 2nd U.S regiment of Dragoons, stationed at Socorro, New Mexico. He attended the cavalry school at Carlisle Barracks and then served on the frontier in New Mexico Territory, Kansas Territory, and Nebraska Territory, fighting at various times with the Apaches in the Tornado Del Muerto and the Sioux at Blue Water. During this time Robertson proved himself a great fighter.
He attended the cavalry school at Carlisle Barracks and then served on the frontier in New Mexico Territory, Kansas Territory, and Nebraska Territory, fighting at various times with the Apaches in the Tornado Del Muerto and the Sioux at Blue Water. During this time Robertson proved himself a great fighter.
From the beginning of his career as the second lieutenant in 2nd Dragoons, Robertson showed his bravery on the battlefield, when he served as the frontier, fighting various times with Apache and Sioux. He was reassigned to the 5th US Cavalry and soon was promoted to the first lieutenant.
While serving in Utah Territory in 1860, he became adjutant of the regiment and soon was raised to acting assistant adjutant general for the Department of Utah. In 1861 Robertson was dismissed from the army and was offered the post of Captain in Confederate armed forces and became the part of the Confederate military. He was promoted brigadier to general and led troops in the Shenandoah Valley and Second Bull Run Campaigns in 1862. In the same year, the warrior fought the Second Battle of Bull Run, the early part of Maryland Campaign, Battle of Antietam and Battle of New Bern. Robertson also fought in J.E.B Stuart’s delaying actions in the Loudon Valley at Middleburg and Upperville where his people helped cover Lee’s retreat following the Battle of Gettysburg causing severe loss. In 1863 officer was appointed to command the Secondary Military District which included South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
In 1863, the officer was appointed to command the Secondary Military District which covered South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. After commanding the state’s 2nd Military District, Robertson also helped defend Charleston from the Union attack and surrendered a month later with General Joseph Jhonston. In 1965, the Civil War ended, and Robertson moved to Washinton DC where he worked as an insurance broker for several decades. The cavalry officer passed away on 12th of November 1910 and buried in Robertson Cemetery near Scott’s Fork, Amelia Country, Virgina.