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Robert Newton Pearson

  • Birth 9 Jan 1840 Fayette, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 6 Oct 1903 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Block 10, Lot 118
  • Memorial ID 51853329

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. Pearson started his professional life as a bricklayer, and when the Civil War broke out he joined the 10th Illinois Infantry as a private. His administrative and leadership skills were recognized by his superiors and he rose through the ranks. In May of 1862 he was made an adjutant in the 31st Illinois Infantry; in April of 1863 he was promoted to major; and in July of that year was promoted again to lieutenant colonel. He participated in the battles of Port Gibson, Champion's Hill, Vicksburg, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, and Bentonville. On March 13, 1865, he was made brevet brigadier general "for gallant and meritorious services." He was made the colonel of the 31st Illinois Infantry in April of 1865. After the war, he was a municipal official and US postal clerk.

Bio by: Thomas Fisher

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  • Added: 1 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 51853329
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Newton Pearson (9 Jan 1840–6 Oct 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51853329, citing Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .