by James E. Fargo, FSA Scot

Charles Robinson was born in Dundee, Scotland in 1840. He emigrated to the United States and was living in New York City when he joined the U.S. Navy. During the Civil War he served as a Boatswain’s mate on the U.S.S. Baron de Kalb.

Robinson’s Medal of Honor citation read: "The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Boatswain’s Mate Charles Robinson, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism while serving on board the U.S.S. Baron de Kalb, Yazoo River Expedition, 23 to 27 December, 1862. Proceeding under orders up the Yazoo River, the U.S.S. Baron de Kalb, with the object of capturing or destroying the enemy’s transports, came upon the steamers John Walsh, R. J. Locklan, Golden Age, and the Scotland sunk on a bar where they were ordered fired. Continuing up the river, she was fired on by the enemy, but upon returning the fire, caused the rebels to retreat. Returning down the Yazoo, she destroyed and captured large quantities of enemy equipment and several prisoners. Serving bravely throughout this action, Robinson, as boatswain’s mate, distinguished himself in the various actions."

After the war, Robinson moved to Nova Scotia, married and settled in Halifax.

Robinson died on April 21, 1896 and was buried in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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