Christopher Columbus “CC” Robertson

Greensboro, Hale County, Alabama, USA
Death 17 Feb 1930 (aged 81)
Sturgis, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 127454281 View Source

Christopher Columbus "CC" Robertson was born in September 1848 in Alabama. He listed the town of Greensboro as his birthplace on his war pension applications. Greensboro is an old town about half an hour south of Tuscaloosa. It was formerly the seat of Greene Co (and was at his time of birth), but is now in Hale Co. CC died February 17 1930 in Sturgis, Oktibbeha Co, MS and is buried in McClelland Cemetery in Sturgis.

Not much is known about CC's childhood. CC Robertson is the son of Confederate soldier William Robertson of Oktibbeha County, who served in the Mississippi 14th infantry, Company G, Agency Rifles. William Robertson was captured in a hospital outside Atlanta in late 1864 and eventually arrived at Douglas Prison Camp in Chicago, where he died from smallpox.

CC Robertson did serve in the same regiment as his father, since they typically enlisted within their counties and were assigned to the same regiment as their neighbors. Coming from the same household, he obviously fell into the same regiment and company. But CC didn't enlist with his father, nor did they fight alongside each other. CC was a young man around 18 at time of entry, and joined quite a bit later than his father's enlistment. It does not seem that CC followed his father to Atlanta. In fact, his father may have already been captured before CC even entered the war (CC only served for 7 months). Visit the MS Dept. of Archives and History to see CC Robertson's pension records (beginning on pg 394):

According to CC himself, he enlisted in October 1864 and served for 7 months. He served in the 14th MS Infantry, serving under Col. Doss and Capt. Johnson.

CC was 68 years old and a widower in 1916, and farmed as an occupation in his older years. His obituary also listed him as prominent in local agribusiness. A later pension application lists CC as living alone.

The family tale that CC was captured as a POW but later released is false, according to CC's own words on his pension records. The notion was always suspect, since his father William wasn't captured in the line of duty. William was captured while in a hospital. After taking Atlanta, the Union captured Confederate hospital patients who could not retreat. CC was not among them.
William Robertson was taken to Camp Douglas, the most feared prison camp for Confederate soldiers and later found to be the most cruel and inhumane prison in American history. Treatment and conditions were deplorable and dehumanizing. Political figures faced the gallows for crimes against humanity and attempts to cover up the atrocities committed by those running Camp Douglas, including POW deaths due to poor conditions and lack of healthcare, actual murders, destroying records, burying victims in mass graves and destroying the camp immediately after the end of the war. William Robertson died of smallpox shortly after his arrival to the camp and is buried in a mass grave in southside Chicago. His name is honored on the Camp Douglas memorial.

On March 6 1879, CC married Harriet Ann Lancaster (aka widow H A Bray) in Chickasaw County, MS. Harriet already had a daughter, Luvania, from her previous marriage to Thomas Tabb Bray. On December 14 1879, CC and Harriet welcomed twins Monroe Hayden and Minnie Ann Robertson. CC and Harriet had two more (surviving) children together - John C. (b. 1887) and Alice (b. 1889). Records suggest Harriet could have miscarried/lost at least three children - in 1881,1883 and 1885.

Between 1922-1929, CC lived at the Beauvoir Veterans Home in Biloxi, MS. This is the veterans home created from the final home of Jefferson Davis. Before this, he last appears on the 1920 US Census as a farmer and homeowner in Oktibbeha Co, MS. The census reveals his father was born in SC, and his mother in AL.
On a handwritten postcard he sent to daughter Minnie Ann Robertson-Garrett in the late 1920s, he mentioned a planned move "to the Delta." But before the move happened, CC died on Feb 17 1930 in Sturgis, Mississippi and was laid to rest in McClelland Cemetery. He was 81 years old.

An obituary for CC appeared in the Starkville News on February 21st, 1930. The obituary praises his contributions and love by the community in Sturgis and all of Oktibbeha County.

*CC Robertson is a direct grandfather to my family. If you have more info or would like to link up info on this line (specifically interested in other children of CC's: Minnie Ann - my link, Monroe Hayden, John C, and Alice/Allis Flanagan), please feel free to message me!

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