b. 25/07/1851 Elba, Wisconsin. d. 21/06/1924 Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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Robbins served as a private in the Sixth U.S. Cavalry, fighting in the American Indian Wars
On April 23, 1875, Robbins and five other soldiers snuck up behind a band of Cheyenne warriors and attacked them from the rear at Sappa Creek in Kansas. He received a Medal of Honor for these actions on November 16, 1876. Several other members of his company also received medals for their role in the battle. Richard Longstreth Tea, Frederick Platten, James Lowthers, Simpson Hornaday, and Peter W. Gardiner made up the rest of the expedition around the Cheyenne lines, and all received the Medal of Honor. Michael Dawson and James F. Ayers also were a part of the battle, and also were awarded the Medal of Honor. The engagement was part of the Red River War.
With 5 other men he waded in mud and water up the creek to a position directly behind an entrenched Cheyenne position, who were using natural bank pits to good advantage against the main column. This surprise attack from the enemy rear broke their resistance.
BURIAL LOCATION: PITTSFIELD CEMETERY, PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS.
Section Pontoosuc Hill, Lot S 1/2 8, Grave 2
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