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Robert Martindale

  • Birth 1823 England
  • Death 23 Jul 1864 Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, USA
  • Plot D-2402 (D-115)
  • Memorial ID 50262368

Co B 20th Connecticut Infantry

The casualties in this regiment at the battle of Peach Tree Creek were as follows, viz: Commissioned officers wounded, 6; enlisted men killed, 8; wounded, 41. On the morning of the 22nd it was found that the enemy had abandoned our immediate front, and in connection with the corps the regiment moved to within about two miles of Atlanta, where the enemy was again found strongly intrenched. After proper disposition of the troops had been made and line of battle formed, a strong line of intrenchments was constructed under quite a spirited shelling from the enemy. An attack was made during the day upon our skirmish line, in which 2 men of the regiment were wounded. At the same time 1 other was supposed to have been captured, as he was reported missing from the skirmish line. On the 23rd the enemy again endeavored to force back our line of skirmishers, but was repulsed, and during the skirmish the regiment had 1 enlisted man killed, 1 was reported missing, probably captured, and 1 non-commissioned officer wounded and taken prisoner. Toward night the regiment, with the brigade, moved to the right of the First Division of this corps and adjoining the left of the Fourteenth Corps, near the Chattanooga and Atlanta Railroad, where it occupied the same line of works already constructed, and during the night a detail of 125 men from the regiment assisted in building a new line of works considerably in advance of the old one. On the 25th we had 1 enlisted man killed and on the 28th 1 wounded. On the last-named date the regiment, with the brigade, was ordered to the extreme right of the army, in support of troops engaged there, but before arriving at the designated position the enemy was repulsed and we were ordered back to the position last occupied...
-Numbers 270. Reports of Lieutenant Colonel Philo B. Buckingham, Twentieth Connecticut Infantry. HDQRS. TWENTIETH CONNECTICUT VOL. INFANTRY, Atlanta, Ga., September 8, 1864.

From muster rolls at the Connecticut state archive:
Enlisted at Derby, Aug. 4, 1862.
Mustered at Ansonia, Aug. 5, 1862, at age 38.
Grey eyes, Brown hair, Dark complexion, Height 5'5".

3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 20th Army Corps
at the time of his death.

He was killed on the skirmish line north of Atlanta, Ga., by musket ball through the head. He was originally buried 2 miles N of the car shed [railroad shed] alongside two other men of the 20th Connecticut, George Tomlinson, also of Co B, and John Magee of Co F. Private Martindale was not named, but there was a note that he was supposed to be a member of the 20th Connecticut. He was buried as an Unknown in Marietta National Cemetery after the war in Section D grave 115 (old numbering system; re-numbered later when stones replaced the original wooden headboards). Historian Brad Quinlin identified Robert Martindale from records kept by the Army and the state of Connecticut that were attained from the National Archives.

Robert Martindale married Charlotte Proctor. An archivist found the couple and their children in the 1850 census. In the 1870 census, Charlotte is listed as a widow. He is the great-great-grandfather of the actor Matthew Broderick.

His grave number was originally D-115. Grave number D-115 would convert to D-2402 in the new numbering system. Section D was renumbered in the late 1800's.


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  • Added: 26 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 50262368
  • Janet
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Martindale (1823–23 Jul 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50262368, citing Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Janet (contributor 46573654) .