COL Robinson, William Wallace

William Wallace Robinson


Born: December 14, 1819

Birthplace: Fair Haven, Vermont

Father: John Williams Robinson 1782 – 1863

Mother: Rebecca Merritt 1780 – 1863
Wife: Sarah Jane Fisk 1819 – 1908
(Buried: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Seattle, Washington)​


Leonora Colista Robinson Richardson 1844 – 1918​
(Buried: Mount Pleasant Cemetery Seattle Washington)​
Brig. General William Wallace Robinson Jr. 1846 – 1917​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Virginia)​
Herbert Fisk Robinson 1858 – 1944​
(Buried: Fort Lawton Cemetery Seattle Washington)​


Attended Norwich Military Academy​

Occupation before War:

Teacher in New Jersey​
Opened his own Academy in Cleveland, Ohio​
Went west in the Gold Rush​
Served in Mexican – American War rising to the rank of Captain​
Seller of Mining Equipment in the California Gold Rush​
Founder of the town of Winton, Minnesota​
1858 – 1861: Farmer in Sparta, Wisconsin​
Colonel in the Wisconsin State Militia​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: Lt. Colonel of 7th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment​
1862 – 1864: Colonel of 7th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment​
1862: Wounded in the leg during the Battle of Gainesville, Virginia​
1862: Regimental Commander in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia​
1863: Regimental Commander in the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia​
1863: Acted as Commander of the Iron Brigade at Battle of Gettysburg​
1863: Led the iron brigade in action at Seminary Ridge and retreat​
1863 – 1864: Acted as Commander of the Iron Brigade​
1864: Resigned as Colonel on July 9th due to being worn out​

Occupation after War:

1864 – 1873: Farmer in Sparta, Wisconsin​
1873 – 1875: Farmer in Chippewa Falls​
1875 – 1886: United States Counsel to Madagascar​
Coal Businessman in Wisconsin, and Washington​
Active Member of the Grand Army of the Republic​

Died: April 27, 1903

Place of Death: Seattle, Washington

Age at time of Death: 83 years old

Burial Place: Fort Lawton Cemetery, Seattle, Washington
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John Hartwell

Forum Host
Aug 27, 2011
Central Massachusetts
I could find no obituary of Col. Robinson in any newspaper I have access to, but did find this interesting memoir, "The True Story of Three Generations of Real Soldiers." The first two columns, from the Omaha World Herald of 4 October 1903, are reproduced here, with the entire article attached as a pdf. It is quite a story.


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