Discussion Who was the youngest Confederate general?

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Aug 25, 2012
Are you referring to a General of Volunteers, or one in the regular army without brevet?

I was thinking of regular army general, but we can discuss young generals of volunteers as well. I try to remember what I was like at age 23. Perhaps not mature enough to be a general.
Feb 19, 2011
I thought he only made it to Colonel in the regular army, and the generalship was by brevet?

Volunteer general, and brevet in the regulars. Roberts is probably right for the Confederates.

EDIT: For the Union it is complicated. There were generals born after Custer, the youngest maybe Ranald S. Mackenzie who was born in July 1840. Edmund Kirby, born in March 1840, was younger then both when he was nominated but his nomination wasn´t confirmed as he died on the same day. If we include brevet-generals (and backdated rank) I think Lewis Tappan Barney would take the cake as he was born just in 1844. Galusha Pennypacker is probably somewhere in the mix as well but his birthdate is very much shifting according to who you´re asking so I don´t know.
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Dec 31, 2010
Kingsport, Tennessee
Felix Huston Robertson?

(1839 - 1928)

Brigadier-General Felix H. Robertson, accredited to Texas, on
the 9th of March, 1861, was commissioned as second lieutenant
of artillery in the Confederate army. He was on duty at
Charleston harbor during the bombardment of Fort Sumter, and
was commended in the report of the officer commanding the
Mount Pleasant mortar battery.

Going then to Pensacola he was appointed acting adjutant-
general on the staff of Brigadier-General Gladden, with
commission of captain, October, 1861. January 1, 1862, he
became captain of a battery of artillery, officially
designated as Alabama troops, but also claimed by Florida.

At Shiloh this battery was attached to the brigade of General
Gladden. At the battle of Murfreesboro he was distinguished,
particularly on the occasion of the charge of Major-General
Breckinridge's division, in command of ten 12-pound Napoleon
guns. General Bragg alluded to him as " an able and
accomplished artillery officer." General Polk, also, in his
report compliments Captain Robertson for vigilance and
fearlessness in exposing himself in the discharge of his

On July 1, 1863, his efficiency and valor were rewarded by the
commission of major of artillery. In this rank he commanded a
battalion of artillery composed of the batteries of garret,
Havis, Lumsden and Massenburg, attached to Longstreet's
command, at the battle of Chickamauga. In January, 1864, he
was promoted to lieutenant-colonel of artillery, and assigned
to the command of the artillery of Wheeler's cavalry corps,
army of Tennessee, with which he served during the Atlanta

Then, being promoted to brigadier-general, he commanded a
brigade of cavalry, and General Wheeler, in reporting the
Tennessee campaign under Hood, mentions Robertson among the
officers to whom he gives special thanks for bravery and
fidelity. As Sherman marched through Georgia, General
Robertson was one of the ablest lieutenants of Wheeler in
harassing the Federals and frequently defeating their raiding

He was reported as wounded in a fight, November 28th. In
General Wheeler's last report, March, 1865, he mentioned
General Robertson as one of his generals still disabled from

After the close of the war General Robertson made his home at
Austin, Tex.

Source: Confederate Military History, vol. XV, p. 252


Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
Somebody help me with the math. Roberts was born on 1841 and was promoted in 1865. Robertson was born in 1839 but promoted in 1864. I'm no math whiz (I don't have the months they were born handy) but it appears Roberts was about 24 Robinson was 25. Close.
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