Scope and Contents
This collection includes six copied pages, including his pension papers, newspaper clippings, and military tintype portrait, ranging from 1861to 1912, regarding Robert H. Scott’s Civil War service record and his burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.
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Robert H. Scott was born 26 March 1838, in Bangor, Maine. He was a First Lieutenant of the 11th Regiment of the Maine Volunteer Infantry, Company K, during the Civil War. On 9 September 1862, while at Williamsburg, VA, Scott was taken as prisoner to Libby Prison. After three months, he was part of a prisoner exchange, and was able to return to his former regiment. He was mustered out of service in February 1866. Scott is reported to have engaged in 54 battles during the war with no injuries. After the war, when the U.S. Congress established a national cemetery at Fredericksburg, VA, Scott was employed to supervise the removal of the remains of Union soldiers killed and buried in shallow graves throughout the area. The bodies were identified when possible, and given proper burial in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Scott later assisted in the survey of the Indianapolis and Vincennes Railroad, and opened a painting business in Indianapolis. Robert H. Scott died on March 3, 1912 in Indianapolis, and is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, Soldiers Grave 1238, Section 9. His death certificate lists him as widowed (no name). The Bangor Daily Commercial (1904) indicates he had a brother in Ellsworth, Maine.
Sources: Ancestry.com, Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. “Bangor Daily Commercial”, Saturday, August 20, 1904.