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Sgt Robert Watson
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- Annie H Darracott 791, UDC - Lakeland, FL
 Added: Nov. 2, 2014
 
RIP !!!!!!!!!!! Robert Watson, (1835-1911) Born in the Bahamas, Robert Watson first came to Florida in 1847. He settled in Key West, where he became a carpenter. Watson left Union-occupied Key West in September 1861 and he enrolled in a Florida "Coast Guard" company at Cedar Key. In April 1862 this company was mustered into Confederate service as Company K, Seventh Florida Infantry Regiment. Watson's company remained along Florida's west coast, primarily at Tampa and Point Pinellas, until late June, when it joined the Confederate Army in Tennessee. Watson's unit participated in the Confederate invasion of Kentucky in 1862. On September 2, ill with fever, Watson was captured and paroled by Union troops at Boston, Kentucky. He returned to his unit in March 1863. During the rest of 1863, his unit campaigned primarily in east Tennessee. In September the unit fought in the bloody battle of Chickamauga, a Confederate victory, followed by defeat around Chattanooga, two months later. Watson and a number of men from his company were transferred to the Confederate States Navy in March 1864. He served aboard the CSS Savannah, and, for a few days, on the CSS Resolute until December of that year, when, upon the evacuation of Savannah, the ship was scuttled to prevent it from falling into Union hands. Watson was briefly sent to Charleston, South Carolina (where he served briefly on the CSS Indian Chief); then to Fort Fisher, near Wilmington, North Carolina. Following the fall of Fort Fisher in January 1865, Watson traveled by rail to Richmond, Virginia, assisting in the defense of the James River. Watson accompanied Lee's Army of Northern Virginia when it evacuated the Confederate capital. He was captured by Federal forces on April 8, 1865, one day before the surrender at Appomattox. After the war, Watson returned to Key West, Florida. [Information verbatim from Florida State Archives web site.]
- Rubbings
 Added: Jan. 9, 2012
 
Thank you for your Confederate service. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
- Martha Reid 19 UDC
 Added: Jan. 1, 2011
 

- Sarah Quinn
 Added: Sep. 16, 2008
 
 
 
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