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Robert Glenn Shaver

Robert Glenn Shaver[1, 2, 3]

Male 1831 - 1915  (83 years)

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  • Name Robert Glenn Shaver 
    Born 18 Apr 1831  Sullivan, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Jan 1915  Little River, Arkansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I1167732091  Master Tree
    Last Modified 7 May 2006 

    Married 10 Jun 1856  Batesville, Independence, Arkansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    +1. Belvedora Maye Shelby Shaver,   b. 1 Dec 1862, Oxford, Izard, Arkansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1940  (Age 77 years)
    Family ID F1068965969  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Jun 1856 - Batesville, Independence, Arkansas, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Jan 1915 - Little River, Arkansas, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 

    • Colonel Robert G. Shaver

      A source of interesting information about the Thirty-eighth ArkansasConfederate Infantry is theobituary of its organizer and commander.Colonel Robert Glenn Shaver.
      From the Confederate Veteran, Volume XXIII, pages 178-179:
      Col. Robert G. Shaver
      By Col. V. Y. Cook, Batesville, Arkansas
      "Colonel Robert G. Shaver died at the home of his daughter; Mrs. P. B.Williams, at Foreman, Arkansas, on January 13, 1915, aged eighty-fouryears. He came to Arkansas with his parents from Sullivan County; EastTennessee, in 1850, locating at Batesville, where in 1856 he wasmarried to Miss Adelaide Louise Ringgold, a beautiful and accomplisheddaughter of Col. John Ringgold, one of the State's most prominentcitizens. Some three years later he removed to Lawrence County, wherehe was licensed to practice law
      "In the spring of 1861 he recruited and organized the 7th ArkansasInfantry for the Confederate army and was elected its first colonel.He and his regiment saw service at Columbus and Bowling Green, Ky, andon the evacuation of the latter place by General Albert SidneyJohnston in February; 1862, Colonel Shaver; as senior colonel of thebrigade in which his regiment was serving, commanded the rear guard ofGeneral Johnston's army to Nashville, Tenn., a most critical period.
      "At Shiloh, April 6 and 7, 1862, Colonel Shaver, still in command ofthe brigade - i.e., the 1st Brigade - i.e., Hindman's Division, 3dArmy Corps, composed of the 2d, 6th, and 7th Arkansas Infantry and the3d Confederate Infantry; two-thirds of the latter regiment also beingArkansans - rose level to his country's need, and the soldiers whofollowed him were of the very best type. Colonel Shaver initiated thefight on the Confederate right early Sunday morning, the 6th, wherethe fighting was fierce and incessant throughout that bloody struggle,a struggle in which brothers were standard bearers of the opposingforces, and where he led there was much carnage; yet victory was hisat every point, as his troops surged forward in conjunction with hisalignment of the Confederate center and left wing, pushing theFederals back toward the Tennessee River; where late in the afternoonthey appeared a conglomerated mass of fugitives on the river bankseeking the friendly aegis of the Federal gunboats.
      "The 7th Arkansas, Colonel Shaver's own regiment, went into action onthe left of the brigade. Lieutenant Colonel Deane commanding, withits drum-and-fife corps playing Granny, Will Your Dog Bite?
      "Colonel Shaver had two horses killed under him during the day and oneon the following day, when he and his brigade continued to fightgallantly and effectively. General Hardee, in his report of thebattle, said that Colonel Shaver's conduct was most satisfactory,skillful, and exemplary throughout both days' fighting.
      "Early in June, 1862, Colonel Shaver; with General Hindman, wastransferred to the Trans-Mississippi Department; and at Jacksonport,Ark., on the 8th of September of that year; Colonel Shaver organizedthe 38th Arkansas Infantry, of which he was unanimously electedcolonel and which he continued to command during the various campaignsand battles in that department. In the fall of 1864, at thereorganization of the Army of the Trans-Mississippi, Colonel Shaverwas again elected colonel of the 38th, and on the same day, in adifferent field, he was also elected colonel of Shaver's 27th ArkansasInfantry. Gen. Kirby Smith consolidated these two regiments, and theywere known thenceforth until the surrender, in June, 1865, as Shaver'sInfantry Regiment. He participated in all the principal battles foughtin the Trans -Mississippi Department after June, 1862, among whichwere Prairie Grove, Mansfield, Jenkins's Ferry; Poison Springs, MarksMill, and all the battles incident to Gen. Dick Taylor's Red Rivercampaign against General Banks, during all of which he displayed hisusual gallantry and resourcefulness. That Colonel Shaver was notkilled was not his fault, for he gave the Federals every opportunityon many fields.
      "At the evacuation of Little Rock, September 10, 1863, Colonel Shaverwas in command of his brigade and covered the Confederate retreat outof the city southward. He was greatly chagrined and deeply mortifiedthat he was not permitted to engage the enemy, and he always contendedthat General Price should have offered battle; that his forces werenumerically superior to the Federals under General Steele and were infine trim and anxious to fight. It has been truthfully said of ColonelShaver that he had rather fight than eat, even after a week'ssubsistence on half rations and those who knew him and saw him on thedifferent battle fields can well testify to his worth as a resourcefulofficer and a tenacious fighter. He was a soldier by intuition,adaptability, and desire, and withal a strategist and tactician, awarrior with but few peers. He is mentioned in twelve differentvolumes and on many pages of the "Records" of the Union andConfederate armies, made up of the reports of the various commandinggenerals and published after the war by the government.
      "Colonel Shaver not only had no friends at court, but much strongopposition caused by a political fight engendered in a State campaignin 1860. One of the defeated candidates for State honors, being inhigh authority at Richmond in the Confederate Senate, always opposedColonel Shaver's promotion; otherwise he would certainly have attainedat least the rank of major general. With that rank opportunities wouldhave offered which he would have availed effectively, thereby placinghim beyond the reach of the deadly enmity of the politician; for as amilitary genius he was Gen. Pat Cleburne equal in every respect, andeverybody knows there were none better than Cleburne.
      "Colonel Shaver's well-earned sobriquet of "Fighting Bob Shaver" wasknown throughout the different armies in which he served. He waswounded four times and had six horses killed under him in action.
      "A poem on the Arkansas Confederate soldier mentions Colonel Shaver inone of its stanzas, as follows:
      "We fought with Lee at Gettysburg,
      with Clehurne always our saver,
      With Bragg at Chickamauga Creek,
      at Shiloh with Bob Shaver."
      "So loyal was Colonel Shaver to the Confederate cause that he nevercomplained of the ungenerous and untoward opposition to him by thepoliticians and carried the heart wound to his grave without a murmur.
      "Colonel Shaver was a member of the Grand Council of the Ku-Klux Klan,and many of the Latin terms which expressed its polities and tenantsbore the earmarks of his ability and scholarly attainments. He was thehighest ranking officer of the Klan in Arkansas, General Forrest beingthe highest in the entire Klan, its commander in chief. Early in thewinter of 1868 Colonel Shaver; on account of his connection with theKlan in Arkansas, and especially his campaign in Woodruff County, inwhich he participated in two skirmishes against Clayton's Militia, wasforced by the Clayton regime of carpetbaggers, then in power inArkansas, to leave the United States, going to British Honduras, wherehe remained for several years. Returning to Arkansas, he was appointedsheriff of Howard County by Gov. Elisha Baxter, the carpetbaggers inthe meantime having been dethroned. Later he was appointed majorgeneral of the Arkansas State Guard, which he at once reorganized, andin 1896 he was elected Commander of the Arkansas Division, UnitedConfederate Veterans, and at once gave to it its first semblance oforganization. This position he held for two years; and notwithstanding his great popularity, fitness, and adaptability for theposition, he declined further election, as had been the custompreviously and since, with one lamentable exception. This he did thatother comrades might share this great and exalted honor. He wasgreatly adverse to scrambling for U. C. V positions in the State andgave his influence for rotation after a term of two years.
      "Camp Shaver where the Confederate veterans were camped during theLittle Rock Confederate Reunion in 1911, was named for ColonelShaver; and he was further honored by being placed in command of theencampment. His duties were executed with loving kindness toward theold soldiers under his charge, and yet with such military precisionthat a successful discipline was accomplished, attractive andbeneficial to those participating.
      "His memory is embalmed in the hearts of his countrymen, and long anddeeply will they remember and appreciate his heroic service for thiscountry's cause."

  • Sources 
    1. [S1070432077] Imported GEDCOM file.

    2. [S1081766164] .

    3. [S1070436116] Confederate Veteran Volume XXIII, pages 178-179, Volume XXIII, Pages 178-179 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S1070435879] Robert Cadwalader030402GED, information comes from.