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Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

ROBINSON, HIRAM A (1843-1907)

Santa Cruz Sentinel (October 31, 1907)

DIED - ROBINSON - In Santa Cruz Oct. 30th Hiram Adelbert Robinson, a native of Litchfield ME. aged 64 years 16 days.

The funeral services will be held at his late residence at 60 Riverside Ave. this Thursday afternoon at two o’clock to which all friends and acquaintances are invited. the body will be shipped Friday morning to Cypress Lawn for cremation.

-- Hiram Adelbert Robinson died at his home at 60 Riverside Wednesday morning. He was a native of Litchfield ME., 64 years of age, and leaves a wife and only daughter to mourn his demise. He was a veteran of the Civil War, and being naturally of a jovial disposition enjoyed a wide circle of acquaintances.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (November 3, 1907)

Hiram A. Robinson
In Memoriam

At his home in this city on the 30th day of October, Hiram A. Robinson passed away. He came comparatively a stranger to the citizens of the town.

His death recalls to mind the fact that in his prime he was a history maker for his country. At his death no mention was made in the public notice or during the funeral services at his late home.

Before reaching his majority he became a soldier in the Union army during the War of the Rebellion. He was a member of the 8th Wisconsin infantry, known in history as the “Eagle regiment,” because instead of a banner they carried a live eagle named “old Abe”

Comrade Robinson was an unpretentious, plain, social and genial man never boasting of the deeds of his regiment or himself. But those familiar with the campaigns and service of the regiment can never forget the services rendered by that famous band of men. At Corinth, in October 1862, the regiment became immortal in the minds of those engaged in that holocaust of death, because of the defiant and enthusiastic conduct of the bird. In the struggle between Gen. Davies’ command to hold Fort Robinet against the impetuous and desperate charges made by Col Rogers and his Texans, the cries and cheers of “Old Abe” was heard above the roar of the artillery and crashes of musketry, cheering the Union boys to hold the works. It is not saying too much when I ascribe to the bird of freedom much of the praise due the men, as coming from their feathered airy and mascot.

As I stood and looked upon the stalwart form of Comrade Robinson peacefully resting in the casket, it came to me with great force that not another soul present realized what they owed to him, what the country owes to him and such as him. He did his duty in war, he filled his place in peace and in age laid down the heavy burden of life and closed the record of an useful and busy life.

I feel it a duty that the little honor due him shall be paid. As a comrade in war, a friend in peace, I come today my tribute of respect and honor to his memory. A gap in the line, his comrade sidestep from the right and left, close it up, stand and await further orders........a Comrade.

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