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Robert Carter Nicholas Jr.Roster ID 1029
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1861|
|Biography & Genealogy:||There are two cadets named Robert Carter Nicholas, Jr. in the Class of 1861; they were cousins. This record: RCN JR. from Richmond, VA. Genealogy: Born- Jan. 12, 1841 in Richmond, Va. Father- Robert Carter Nicholas; Mother- Elizabeth Ambler Pat. Grandfather- Philip Norborne Nicholas of Richmond, Va.; Pat. Grandmother- [first name unknown] Spear. Mat. Grandfather- Col. John Ambler of Richmond, Va.; Mat. Grandmother- Catherine Bush. Never married, no children. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Aug. 7, 1857; Dismissed Sept. 21, 1858 for hazing another cadet. Civil War Record- Served briefly with the never completely organized artillery battalion commanded by then Major G.W. Randolph. Discharged to accept commission as 2nd Lieut. in Provisional Army of Va., attached to 6th Va. Regiment as Drill Master; Joined Co. H 60th Va. Regiment (also called 3rd Regt. Brig. Gen. Henry A. Wise's Legion) as Private on Aug. 1, 1861; Elected 2nd Lieut. Aug. 29, 1861; His company transferred to 59th Va. Regt. as Co. L in Nov. 1861; Company then assigned to 46th Va. Regt. Co. L in Sept. 1862, and later returned to 59th Va. Regt. as Co. F in Nov. 1862; Nicholas promoted to 1st Lieut. Jan. 20, 1862; Detailed as enrolling officer in Richmond in fall of 1862; Sick in fall of 1863; Promoted to Captain Feb. 20, 1864; Sick in Richmond late 1864- early 1865 with hepatitis. Captured near Danville in 1865; On register of paroled POW's in Rihcmond May 22, 1865. Careers- Teacher after the war. Admitted to Maryland Soldier's Home in Pikeville, Md. Oct. 3, 1899 where he remained until his death. Died- July 2, 1904.|