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Robert Columbus Kirby (May 21, 1838 - March 23, 1878) served as sergeant in Company K, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Robert Kirby was born May 21, 1838 in Warren County, Tennessee to Alfred H. and Sophia Melissa Kirby.[1] He married Sarah Louvicia Hammer (1842-1892) with whom he had at least six children.

Civil War service

Kirby enlisted as a private in Company K on September 23, 1863 in Louisville, Kentucky for a period of three years. He mustered in July 26, 1864 at Nashville, Tennessee. He was appointed corporal December 31, 1863 and promoted sergeant May 20, 1865.

He is listed as present for duty throughout his entire term of service.

Kirby mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 in Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed the government $8.12 for clothing, had been paid a bounty of $25, and was owed a bounty of $75.

Post-war life

Jackson died March 23, 1878 in Johnson City, Tennessee and is buried at Bald Knob Cemetery in McMinnville, Tennessee. His wife applied for a widow's pension on December 29, 1883. His son, John S. Kirby, applied for a minor's pension on March 7, 1892.


  1. His surname is spelled "Kerby" in the company records, but family headstones consistently spell their surname "Kirby".

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