Robert Hugh Gaston, was the third of five sons of Robert Kirkpatrick Gaston and the former Letitia Elizabeth Suddath; and the older brother of two sisters. His family was related to the Gaston's of Chester, South Carolina; known for their heroism during the American Revolution.
Robert was raised in Wilcox County, Alabama until his family emigrated to Anderson County, Texas in the early 1850's. In 1861, when the Civil War broke-out, Robert enlisted with his older brother, William, in the lst Texas Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company H - Texas Guards. Robert first serving as a 4th Corporal and later promoted to 3rd Lieutenant.
This company participated in many of the great battles of the Civil War and was part of General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. At the Battle of Antietam on September 17th 1862, Lieut. Robert H. Gaston was killed in action, dying on the battlefield. His body was later buried in the hollowed grounds at Washington Confederate Cemetery; alongside those who gave their lives for others.
Lieut. Robert H. Gaston was 18 years old at the time of his death.
Gravesite Details death information was from the book "The campaign from Texas to Maryland" by Rev. Nicholas A. Davis