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Capt Robert Middleton
Birth: Feb. 22, 1838
Lexington (Scott County)
Scott County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 1870
Lexington (Scott County)
Scott County
Indiana, USA

Robert was born on the family farm in Lexington, Scott Co., IN on Feb. 22, 1838 to parents James Middleton (1809-1878) and Nancy Henning (1807-1903).

siblings:
Jane (1836-1916)
James (1840-1921)
Matthew (1843-1862)
Samuel H. (1845-1929)
Eliza (1848-1858)

Middleton enlisted in Co. C, 38th Indiana Infantry in Aug. 1861. The company descriptive book lists him as 6'2" tall, with black hair, hazel eyes, and a fair complexion. He officially mustered in as a SGT in Co. C on Sept. 18, 1861. During the regiment's encampment near Munfordville, KY during the winter of 1861-1862, SGT Middleton was stricken with typhoid fever, the measles, AND severe dysentery all at the same time. From the camp infirmary, Robert was shipped to a Louisville military hospital to recuperate. When army doctors deemed him healthy enough to travel, he received a medical furlough to continue his convalescence at home in Lexington, IN. He returned to the regiment in March 1862.

SGT Middleton was promoted from the ranks to 1ST LT on Nov. 1, 1864 and CAPT on May 7, 1865. Captain Middleton mustered out with the rest of the regiment on July 15, 1865 in Louisville, KY.

Robert's immune system never completely recovered from the devastation caused by his wartime ailments. As a result, he was forced to give up farming shortly after his return home. Unable to farm, he took a job as a clerk in Campbell's General Store in Lexington. He also served as the town's U.S. Postmaster, and served on Lexington Board of Trustees (1865-70).

On Oct. 8, 1867 (the five-year anniversary of the Battle of Perryville, KY) the 29-year-old Middleton married Miss Victoria Marcella Kempton. Together they had two children:

Edward Woodburn (1868-1936)
Robert Kempton (1870-1947)

His health shattered, Robert was rendered permanently bed-ridden for the last six months of his life. He passed away at age 31 on Jan. 19, 1870. Robert is buried in Lexington Cemetery, ten feet from Captain James C. Fouts, who was Middleton's commanding officer in Co. C until his death in action at the Battle of Stones River, TN on Dec. 31, 1862. Robert's wife Victoria applied for a widow's pension on July 6, 1882 (app. #294,430; cert. #229,639 - Indiana).
 
 
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 Parents:
  James B Middleton (1809 - 1878)
  Nancy Middleton (1807 - 1903)
 
Burial:
Lexington Cemetery
Lexington (Scott County)
Scott County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: Traie Shelhart
Record added: Jan 30, 2009
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Capt Robert Middleton
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Capt Robert Middleton
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Capt Robert Middleton
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- CK3
 Added: Oct. 12, 2013
LEST WE FORGET
- JMB
 Added: Jan. 17, 2012

- maggyislove God bless you!! till we all meet again
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