Webb’s in the Military

Encompassing the following recognized conflicts, among others : Wayne’s War, 1790-1794; French War, 1799; War of 1812, 18 June 1812 – 17 February 1815; Seminole War, 1817-1818; Black Hawk War, 1832; Creek War, 1836-1837; Florida War, 1835-1842; Canada Frontier Disturbances, 1838-1839; Pennsylvania Whiskey Rebellion; Cherokee Removal, 1838; Mexican War, 1846-1848; Civil War, April 1861- April 1865. Including Officers and Enlisted soldiers of the Militia, Volunteer and Regular Army, Officers & Sailors of the Navy, and Marines in the Marine Corps.


Compiled by Jonathan Webb Deiss, ©2003, 2004. www.webbdeiss.org






Private Reuben Webb : He was born circa 1745 in England. During the Revolutionary War he was a resident of Sunderland, Bennington County, Vermont and was a Private, serving under Lieutenant Lemuel Bradley, 6th Regiment Vermont Militia. He married to Hannah Arnold, having at least one son named Reuben Webb, Jr. Reuben Sr., died circa 1813 in Arlington, Bennington County, Vermont.


Private Reynolds Webb : He was paid a pension through the Connecticut Agency, on the pension Act of 1818. Commencing 2 October 1818, he was paid $8 per month; $48 in March and $48 in September each year. Later, Grandmaster of International Order of Odd Fellows, Saybrook, Connecticut, 1855 (?).


Private Richard Webb : Company D, 4th Regiment Indiana Infantry; his widow, Ellen C. Webb applied for a pension on 23 July 1890 in Indiana (widow9170).


Marion County. Mustered in 28 May 1847, at Jeffersonville, Indiana, by Captain Gatlin, mustered out 16 Jul 1848, at Madison, Indiana, by Major H. A. Goff. Served in the same unit, Company D, as Thomas Webb, presumably his brother.


1850 Federal Census. Perry Township, Marion County, Indiana

116/116, Richard Webb, 24, Male, White, Farmer, 2500, Kentucky

116/116, Thomas Webb, 22, Male, White, Farmer, 2500. Kentucky


Private Richard Webb : Richard, aged 20 years, born in London, England, was described as having blue eyes, brown hair, a light complexion, stood 5’ 4½” tall, and was by occupation a baker when he enlisted on 12 September 1854 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Lieutenant Burns for a term of five years. He was assigned to Company G, 5th Regiment United States Infantry (regulars). He was discharged 13 September 1859 by reason of expiration of term of service at Camp Floyd, Utah.


Private Richard Webb : Company C, Colonel B. F. Cheatham’s (3rd) Regiment Tennessee Infantry (Mexican War)


Private Richard I. (J.) Webb : Richard, aged 23 years, born at Courtrite, New York, was described as standing 5’ 10” tall, with hazel eyes, brown hair, a fair complexion and was by occupation a farmer when he enlisted 15 July 1833 to Lieutenant Kinsley at West Point, New York for a term of three years. He was assigned to the West Point Detachment. He was discharged 12 August 1833 for disability; a substitute for Corporal A. Weeks at West Point.


He applied for a pension 14 May 1881 while a resident of New York (1a21905)


Recruit Richard O. Webb : Richard, aged 24 years, born in Plattsburg, New York, was described as having hazel eyes, brown hair, a dark complexion, stood 5’ 5” tall and was by occupation a printer when he enlisted on 4 June 1853 at Buffalo, New York to Captain Stevens for a term of five years. He was not assigned. He is reported to have deserted on 11 July 1853 (no further remarks).


Sergeant Robert Webb : He was paid a pension through the Rhode Island Agency, on the pension Act of 1818. Commencing 8 July 1820, he was paid $8 per month; $48 in March and $48 in September each year.


Private Robert Webb : He enlisted 16 July 1863 and mustered in to Company K, 3rd Regiment United States Colored Infantry. He was discharged by reason of disability on 8 February 1865. (Civil War)


3rd Class ‘Cabin Boy’ Robert Webb : Robert, aged only 17 years, born in Maryland, was described as standing 5’ 0” tall, with a negro complexion, and was by occupationa fieldhand when he enlisted on 1 April 1864 at Pittsburgh to the United States Navy for a term of 3 years. He was recorded on the muster roll of the ‘Piitsburgh’ 1 April, 1 July & 1 October 1864, again 1 January, through 30 June 1865 when he transferred to the ‘Tempest’, on which he is recorded 31 July and 30 September 1865.


Major Robert F. Webb : Company B, Field & Staff, Colonel R. T. Paine’s (1st) Regiment North Carolina Volunteers. Regiment received January - February, 1847, discharged August, 1848. ...maybe wounded.


He was born in Maryland and as of 1862 had lived in North Carolina (Orange County) for eighteen years; he was not and ‘original secessionist’ but did his duty; he was by occupation a mechanic. He was Captain in command of Company B, Colonel Charles F. Fisher’s 6th Regiment State Troops (North Carolina Infantry) as of 17 July 1861 (when published as such in the newspaper); promoted to Major, vice Lieutenant Colonel Lightwood promoted of Sixth Regiment of Infantry State Troops (as published 25 July 1861). He was noted for his marked bravery and gallantry at the Battle of First Manassas. It is reported in the ‘North Carolina Standard’ that he commanded his regiment at the battles below Richmond and under Colonel Fisher at Manassas; the issue of 18 June 1861 states ‘Maj. Webb is, we believe, a native of Baltimore – a mechanic, and has resided in the state about eighteen years. He served in the Mexican War, and was promoted for good conduct. At the commencement of the present war he raised a company, and attached himself to the 6th Regiment. He fought bravely at Manassas and in the battle of the 31st, below Richmond; and for his gallant conduct in the late battle he was specially complimented by Gen. Pender, in his report just published. He is a gentleman of more than ordinary intelligence, pleasant in his manners, devoted to the cause, and a competent and experienced commanding officer.’


He is the same man who served as a Field Officer in the Confederate States service, viz Robert F. Webb, as Captain, Major, Lieutenant-Colonel and Colonel, in 6th North Carolina Infantry. As Colonel 3 July 1863 thru 7 November 1863; captured at Rappahannock Station, Virginia.


He was issued a replacement certificate of location for bounty lands, in lieu of having lost his original, by the Department of the Interior, 16 April 1850. He was listed as : 27804, Robert F. Webb, N. C. Volunteers. He applied for a pension for his Mexican War service on 7 April 1887 from North Carolina (s10623), his widow, Henrietta J. Webb applied 10 March 1892 from North Carolina (widow10469).


Private Robert H. Webb : Robert H. Webb, aged 18 years, born Gibson, Tennessee, was described as having gray eyes, black hair, a fair complexion, stood 5’ 5½” tall and was by occupation a laborer when he enlisted 16 April 1847 (place of enlistment obscured on roll) to Lieutenant Kiger for the duration of the War with Mexico. He was assigned to Company E of the Regiment of United States Voltiguers & Foot Riflemen (regulars), commanded by Colonel Timothy P. Andrews. He was discharged 31 August 1848 at Fort McHenry, Maryland by reason of expiration of term of service.


The Voltigeurs was (supposed to be) an elite regiment, inspired by units originally in the French army designed as special skirmishing companies attached to each infantry regiment; the American version was a dedicated regiment comprised of light infantry carrying rifled muskets (riflemen) with one company being a rocket & mountain howitzer battery. Authorized by act of Congress 19 May 1846.


The Voltiguers, in the role of light infantry or foot riflemen used the Harpers Ferry Model 1841 Rifle, .54 caliber, the first general issue percussion long arm to be made at the government armory, referred to as the ‘Mississippi Rifle’ because of its use by Jefferson Davis’ 1st Regiment Mississippi Infantry. The rest of the Army did not switch to rifles until 1855. The Mississippi Rifle was a shorter weapon than either the huge 1835 or 1842 musket, lighter and easier to wield. Although not issued in great numbers, some may have carried the 1847 Colt .44 ‘Walker’ revolver; perhaps a few, full of bravado, packed bowie knives in their kits.


“Ten regiments were also added to the army to serve during the war, eight being infantry, one dragoons, and one Voltigeurs, or foot riflemen, to which Jesse L. Reno’s howitzer and rocket battery was attached. The theory of the voltigeur regiment was that it should be composed of a battalion of infantry and a battalion of mounted men; and that both were to use the same horses. In other words a horse was to carry two mounted men and though this had been found practicable in Napoleon’s wars, it did not work well in our army and the .... (illegible) was still called voltigeurs, as the picked riflemen in France are now called.” Williamsport Daily Gazette and Bulletin, Williamsport, PA 21 March 1884.


The Voltigeur Regiment was disbanded by the summer of 1848; it was commanded by Colonel Timothy P. Andrews. Company K may have been Reno’s Battery. Many of the Voltiguers were from Pennsylvania, and some of those from Adams County.


U. S. Regiment of Voltiguers & Foot Riflemen; organized by Act of Congress, 11 February 1847 for and during the war with Mexico, disbanded 25 August 1848. Commanded by Colonel Timothy Patrick Andrews, 16 February 1847 thru 20 July 1848; Lieutenant-Colonel J. E. Johnson, 16 February 1847 thru 19 July 1848; Major G. A. Caldwell, 3 March 1847 thru 25 August 1848; Major G. H. Talcott, 3 March 1847 thru 25 August 1848


They Voltigeurs, some or part, were engaged at –

National Bridge, Mexico, 11 – 12 June 1847, (Company B engaged);

Rinconada, Mexico, 24 June 1847, (Companies B & F engaged);

Pasa Ovejas, Mexico, 10 August 1847, (Companies D & K engaged);

National Bridge, Mexico, 12 August 1847, (Companies D & K engaged);

Cerro Gordo, Mexico, 15 August 1847, (Companies D & K engaged);

Las Animas, Mexico, 19 August 1847, (Companies D & K engaged) ;

San Antonio, Contreras, Padierna & Churubusco, Mexico, 19 – 20 August 1847, (Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, & K engaged);

El Molino del Rey, Mexico, 8 September 1847, (entire reg’t engaged);

Chapultepec & Mexico City, 12 – 14 September 1847, (entire reg’t engaged);

Puebla, Mexico, 13 September thru 12 October 1847, (detachment engaged);

Huamantla, Mexico, 9 October 1847, (Company K engaged);

Atlixco, Mexico, 19 October 1847, (Company K engaged).


Second Assistant Engineer Robert Leslie Webb : He served during the Civil War in the Engineer Corps, United States Navy with the rank of Third Assistant Engineer, 11 February 1862. He was appointed to the rank of Second Assistant Engineer, 15 October 1863. He was dropped from the rolls on 9 March 1868 then restored to his original position less than one month later on 6 April. He died on 13 June 1870.


Recruit Robert M. Webb : Robert, aged only 14 years, born in New York City, New York, was described as having hazel eyes, light hair, a fair complexion stood only 4’ 4½” tall, and was by occupation a ‘scholar’ when he enlisted on 4 January 1853 at New York to Colonel Casey for a term of five years. He was rejected for the obvious reasons of minority and lack of stature on 1 February 1853 at Fort Columbus, New York.


There is a man by this name who applied for a pension 28 April 1873 while a resident of New York (if46573) for service between 1853 – 1858. He may have also received a bounty land warrant (wo987763) or it is also likely that his widow applied for a pension.


Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Robert Stewart Webb : He was born in Michigan. He served during the Civil War as Additional Paymaster if Volunteers, from 5 September 1861. Effective 13 March 1865 he was awarded the Brevet rank of Lieutenant Colonel for ‘faithful and meritorious service during the war’. He was mustered out & honorably discharged 1 July 1867; he died in New York on 24 August 1899.


Brevet First Lieutenant Robert Watson Webb : Robert W. Webb was enumerated in the 1860 census while a resident of Almira Todd’s Hotel in the 2nd Ward of Oswego City, Oswego County, New York, where he was listed as 24 years old, and an Attorney at Law. He was described as being aged 27 years, born in Asia (although listed as born in New York in the 1860 census), when he enlisted 21 August 1862, and mustered in 23 September 1862 to Company K, 147th Regiment New York Infantry (Volunteers); he was transferred to Company B, on 1 January 1863. Engaged at the battles of Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Chancellorsville. He was discharged by reason of a promotion, and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the 32nd Regiment United States Colored Infantry, 3 March 1864, and mustered in to Company C. Engaged at the action of Honey Hill, South Carolina. He was mustered out 22 August 1865. He was commissioned in the Regular Army, promoted to Second Lieutenant 7 March 1867 and assigned to the 40th Regiment United States Infantry (regulars); he transferred to the 41st Regiment United States Infantry, 27 November 1867; he transferred to the 24th Regiment United States Infantry, 11 November 1869. He was awarded the rank of Brevet First Lieutenant on 7 March 1867 for ‘gallant and meritorious service during the war’ (civil war). Served at Fort Hatteras, North Carolina. He resigned 31 May 1870. Robert died in New York.


His wife, Sarah J. Webb, applied for a pension after his death in 1878 (widow236286/197121). She remarried and their minor child received the pension as heir, in May 1883 while living in Michigan; Cemus H. Engle was the child’s Guardian (minor304694/202675).


Robert W. Webb : He served during the Civil War in Company B, 3rd Regiment Tennessee Infantry (USA). His widow, Anita F. Webb, applied for and received a pension 14 August 1931, while a resident of Louisiana (widow1700287/a21732 xc2643898).



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