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Obituary of N. T. Roberts, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Capt. N. T. Roberts, for sixty-two years a resident of Jefferson County, Ark., died on March 4, at his home in Pine Bluff, at the age of eighty-five years.

He was a native of Alabama, having moved to Arkansas in 1860. He enlisted in the first company from Little Rock, Company G, 1st Arkansas Rifles, Colonel Churchill, in May, 1861. His regiment was in Ben McCulloch's Brigade, and its first engagement was on "Bloody Hill" at the battle of Oak Hill, Mo. He was sergeant major of the regiment and was shot through both shoulders, but returned to the command in time for the battle of Elk Horn Tavern. In the spring of 1862 he was with the army of West Tennessee, commanding his old company G, and through the Kentucky campaigns in Gen. E. Kirby Smith's corps. After the battle of Murfreesboro, Tenn., he was appointed by General Smith to the advance guard of General Fagan's Division in Price's last Missori raid. His service was from May, 1861, to May, 1865.

Captain Roberts was one of the oldest and best beloved citizens of Pine Bluff. He was one of the organizers of Lakeside Methodist Church and its Sunday school superintendent for twenty-five years. He was a Royal Arch Mason and the first member to be initiated in the present Sahara Temple.

He was an ardent member of the United Confederate Veterans and was elected major-general to represent the Division of the Dallas reunion, also general of the entire Arkansas Division.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, June, 1922.

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