Robert Williamson Bagby
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John Robert Bagby


My GGGGrand uncle was Ensign Robert Williamson Bagby of Co. H, 3rd Georgia Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia ,CSA. He and his brother Nathaniel joined the regiment when it was first mustered into service in Augusta, Ga. Nathaniel got sick and died of pneumonia at Liberty, Va. in July of 1862. Robert stayed with the regiment being promoted to 4th corporal , sergeant and eventually commissioned ensign (flag bearers were afforded commissions by the Confederate Congress due to high attrition rates.) He was twice wounded - once at Gettysburg, and again while being the color-bearer at the Battle of the Crater, Petersburg, Va. The second wound was serious enough to end the war for Robert; he lost his arm and was ordered to the invalid corps at Reams Station, Virginia. Family folklore tells of Robert always attending parades carrying the flag proudly. He died on March 28, 1898.


Civil War bullet"Return Fire" to 3rd GVI Veterans Page, 1/28/2000