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ROBERTS, George Washington, soldier, born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, 2 October, 1833; died near Murfreesborough, Tennessee. 31 December, 1862. After graduation at Yale in 1857, he studied law and practised in his native county, and in Chicago after 1860. He was commissioned major of the 42d Illinois volunteers on 22 July, 1861, and participated in the march of General John C. Fremont to Springfield, Illinois He became lieutenant-colonel and colonel. He won honor in the campaign of 1862, commanding a brigade of the Army of the Mississippi, served at the siege of Corinth in April and May, 1862, and at Farmington, Tennessee, 7 October, 1862. At the battle of Stone River, Tennessee, 31 December, 1862, he had the advance of the 20th army corps, drove the enemy to their breastworks, and was killed while leading the 42d Illinois in a successful charge.
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