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This Day in Georgia History

February 18, 1879

Robert Hall Chilton Died

Confederate general Robert Hall Chilton died in Columbus, Ga. Born Feb. 25, 1815 in Loudoun City, Va., he graduated from West Point in 1837. During the Mexican War, Chilton was a captain of Dragoons, later serving as a paymaster. He resigned from the U.S. Army in 1861 and was given the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Confederate Army’s Adjutant and Inspector General’s Department. Chilton served as Robert E. Lee’s chief of staff and given the temporary rank of brigadier general (confirmed in Feb. 1864). After the war, Chilton became involved in manufacturing.