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Coffin Coleman Reed Weaver

Obituary of Robert P. Weaver, Batesville, Arkansas.

Robert P. Weaver was born in Bridgeport, Pa., June 12, 1841, and died at the home of his sister, Mrs. E. S. Reed, in Batesville, Ark., October 26, 1915.

In early life Comrade Weaver learned the business of a printer and was employed in that avocation in the city of Washington, D. C., when the War between the States began, in the early spring of 1861. He left there at once and enlisted for twelve months in the 1st Regiment of Maryland Infantry, C. S. A., and served his term of enlistment in Virginia. A few years prior to 1861 his father's family had removed to Arkansas, locating near Batesville; and after Robert Weaver was discharged from his first service he went to Arkansas to join other members of his family and again entered the Confederate service, this time in the Trans-Mississippi Department, serving under Gen. Joe Shelby in various capacities, ultimately becoming adjutant of the 46th Regiment of Arkansas Mounted Infantry, commanded by Col. W. O. Coleman, and he was serving as such when surrendered. Returing to Batesville, he brought back into civil life the reputation of having been a brave, reliable, and intelligent soldier and officer and entered the service of Burr, Reed & Co., general merchants, remaining with them three years. In 1868 he began traveling as a salesman for a wholesale house in Louisville, Ky., covering the State of Arkansas on horseback before the days of railroads. Later the traveled out of St. Louis. For twelve years past he owned and managed the Weaver Cotton Yard, in Batesville, enoying the confidence and esteem of his patrons.

At the organization of Sidney Johnston Camp, No. 863, U. C. V., at Batesville, Ark., Comrade Weaver was elected Adjutant thereof and had been reelected every year since, his death terminating a faithful service of more than eighteen years. His comrades all admired and loved him and will cherish his memory as one who was faithful to duty as he saw it.

[James P. Coffin, Batesville, Arkansas.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, February, 1916.

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