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CPT Abraham Robinson Johnston

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CPT Abraham Robinson Johnston

  • Birth 23 May 1815 Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 6 Dec 1846 San Pasqual, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Burial Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, USA
  • Memorial ID 8656300

Abraham Robinson Johnston was born to John Johnston and Rachel Hoping Robinson Johnston in May of 1815. His father, John, was an Irish immigrant from Enniskillen Parrish, County Fermanagh in Ireland. John Johnston's clan was known there as the 'gentle Johnstones'.

Robinson was one of 15 children, 14 of whom survived to adulthood.

At 12 years old Robinson attended Miami Oxford University in Ohio. At 15 he was sent to West Point Military Academy where he graduated, in 1835, as a 1st Lieutenant.

Robinson had a distinguished military career spanning a little over 10 years, cut short by his tragic death at San Pasqual, CA. During the course of that 10 years he served at most of the forts in the West including Forts Gibson, Washita, Wayne and Leavenworth. Trained as were all the young men at West Point, he was a skilled engineer and his talents were put to use mapping and exploring - as well as policing - the wide open ranges of the American West.

The melancholy intelligence of my poor brother's death has only been conferred to me since my arrival at this place. My brother, to whom I was so much attached, how deeply do I feel his loss. I have tried in looking over the various accounts of that unfortunate expedition, to find some balm to my feelings, and I am gratified to say I found it in the official report of General Kearney. (sic) He says that Brother, with twelve dragoons, made a furious charge upon the line of the Enemy and in that met his untimely death. There was no dodging danger, everything was high-toned, chivalrous and becoming a Soldier. All this was like himself and precisely what he told me he would do were he to ever engage in battle with men in ranks. That he went off like a gallant soldier should certain be a source of melancholy satisfaction to his relatives who mourn his fate. Stephen Johnston to John Johnston May 31st 1847 Norfolk VA U. S. Naval Hospital

Robinson, as he was known to the family, died on Dec 6th, 1846 at the Battle of San Pasqual in what is now Escondido, CA. Check out the following websites for more info: http://www.marlafair.com/Robinson_home.html & http://www.ci.escondido.ca.us/glance/uniquely/battlefield/index.html



Inscription

Captain Abraham Robinson Johnston of the US Dragoons. Son of John and Rachel Johnston. Born at Upper Piqua, Ohio, May 23, 1815. he fell Dec. 6, 1846 at the battle of San Pascual, California.
His sorrowing father and surviving brothers and sisters have caused this stone to be erected as a mark of their enduring affection.


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  • Maintained by: Marla Fair
  • Originally Created by: LKlaer
  • Added: 19 Apr 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8656300
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPT Abraham Robinson Johnston (23 May 1815–6 Dec 1846), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8656300, citing Johnston Cemetery, Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Marla Fair (contributor 46621203) .