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Robert Craig Trigg
54th. Virginia Infantry

Robert Craig TriggRobert Craig Trigg was the son of Thomas C. Trigg and his wife, Catherine Craig, daughter of James Craig and Ann Montgomery of Montgomery Co., Va.
Thomas Trigg and Catherine Craig were married on June 21, 1825. They had four children, at least one of whom was a daughter who married a Pflegar, and another a son Robert. Catherine Trigg died sometime before 1841, when her son, Robert Craig Trigg, would have been eleven years old or younger.

He is buried in the Craig cemetery in Christiansburg, VA.
I have been to this cemetery but I do not know if his marker is still standing or not. The cemetery was badly neglected for years and overgrown to an extent it was difficult to find anything. By the time I went there, there was a move under way to reclaim it and most of the weeds, underbrush, etc. had been roughly cut away. Some of the markers had been broken, including those of Col. Trigg's maternal grandparents, though you could still decipher their names.

I have a book which lists all those buried in this cemetery and, while there are a number of family names given, Robert C. Trigg is the only one with the Trigg surname among them. I have a couple of snapshots of the cemetery and the graves of James and Ann Craig, and a Kyle cousin, son of another sister. He was also killed in the war.

The above information was provided by:
Kent Crockett Dennison

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From the Regimental Roster

Colonel, F&S, Enl. on 4/17/1861 at Christiansburg. Originally served as Capt- of Co. G, 4th Va. Inf. WIA 1st. Manassas, Va.
Authorized to raise regt. after 1st Manassas. Commissioned Colonel of the 54th on 9/4/61 by the Secretary of War.
WIA at Battle of Kelly's Store, Va. on 1/30/63. Granted 30 day furlough on 11/23/63.
Led brigade at battle of Chickamauga, Ga. and intermittently during the Georgia campaign. Submitted resignation on 8/16/64, rejected.
On sick leave from 8/23/64. Mangled by horse falling on him at Mount Zion Church, Ga. on 6/22/64.
Ordered to special service in SWVA to round up deserters per Special Order 298.
Assisted in directing the defense of the salt-works at Saltville on 10/2/64 against Burbridge's Federals. Remained in SWVA, and did not return to duty with the 54th Va. Inf.
Performed duty as police officer in Roanoke River Valley and in the Middle New River section of Virginia, but was accused of being the "chief bushwhacker" in the area. Nebulous service in the latter days of the war mar the otherwise excellent service rendered in 1861,62 and 63.
Took the oath of allegiance to the United States on August 1 1, 1866 at Christiansburg, Va. The oath was administered by Robert Thompson, Lieutenant and Asst. Provost Marshall of the District of the New River.

Trigg was born in Christiansburg on 12/12/1830 to Thomas C. Trigg and Katherine Craig. His early education and life was probably not much different from other wealthy children of his time and place, the rudiments supplemented by tutors. He entered the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) at Lexington, Va. in 1846 and four years running brought up the rear of the class in rankings.

Trigg was apparently a discipline problem, in his second year he accumulated 200 demerits, only one more demerit would have brought mandatory expulsion. Miraculously, he was able to graduate, though ranked 26th of 26- After his matriculation at VMI.
Trigg was for awhile a merchant, dealing in cattle. He read law and began practicing in Christiansburg, without much notoriety. He served as captain of a militia company, the Montgomery Pencibles, and went with the militia upon John Brown's capture at Harper's Ferry in 1859. When the Civil War broke out, Trigg raised a company, the Wise Fencibles, which attached itself to the 4th Va. Inf., Stonewall Brigade.
Capt. Trigg handled his company well at First Manassas, then sought and received permission to raise an infantry regt. Trigg was recommended for promotion to brigadier general by Gen. Buckner, and the promotion was endorsed by Humphrey Marshall. Trigg, had "no friend in court" according to his biography in the Confederate Veteran. After he lost his brigade, he rejoined the 54th, and commanded Reynolds' Brigade for a short period after Reynolds' was wounded at New Hope Church.

Trigg was ordered to SWVA from Atlanta ostensibly to "round up deserters." He led some of his command he had recollected in the Virginia mountains at the Battle of Saltville on October 2, 1864. Trigg never rejoined the 54th.

After the war he resumed his Christiansburg law practice, in practice with Major James Craig Taylor until 1869, when they dissolved their partnership. Trigg then formed a new law firm with C. E. Doddridge, formerly of Charleston, W.Va. Trigg resided in Christiansburg until his death on 1/2/72, age 41 of a "disease of the stomach" probably stomach cancer.

He is buried in the Craig Cem. in Christiansburg, and his gravestone is currently broken and lies in an unkempt cemetery. He married Emma C. Gardner on July 2, 1868, but they had no children.
Trigg's epaulets and sword were displayed at the 1896 Nashville Centennial Exposition. His obituary in the Montgomery Messenger lauded Trigg's accomplishments during the war and his intellect. More telling was the resolutions of the Montgomery County Court approved on January 23, 1872. The resolution read: "Whereas Col. R. C. Trigg a prominent member of the Bar of this Court has departed this life since the last term thereof, be it resolved:

1st. That in the death of Col. Trigg the bar of this Court of which he was distinguished, courteous and able member, has sustained and irreparable loss and so has the community in which he lived a useful honorable and Christian life.

2nd. That we will cherish in our hears the memory of its departed as a Staunch and trusty friend a manly & generous opponent. A true and gallant soldier, and a man without fear and above reproach,

3rd. That we tender to the bereaved widow & friends of the deceased our heart-felt sympathy in their sorrow & loss.

4th. That these resolutions be spread upon the record of the Court of this County and Copies of the same furnished by the Clerk to Mrs. Trigg and to the Montgomery Messenger."

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