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This Day in Georgia History

April 16, 1865

Robert Charles Tyler Killed

Confederate general Robert Charles Tyler was killed in the Battle of West Point at West Point, Georgia. Little is known about his early life. He was born around 1833 - perhaps in Baltimore, Md. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Tyler enlisted as a private in the 15th Tennessee. He was quickly promoted to lieutenant colonel by the Battle of Shiloh, in which he was wounded. In May 1862, Tyler was promoted to full colonel and served as Braxton Bragg’s provost marshal during his invasion of Kentucky. Subsequently, he served at the battles of Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, where he was wounded again. In Feb. 1864, Tyler was promoted to brigadier general. On April 16, 1865, he was killed during a Union attack under Gen. James H. Wilson on Confederate forces at West Point, Georgia. Tyler is buried in the Fort Tyler Cemetery in West Point, Georgia.