Stone, Robert Dillard (ca. 1835–1864)

By: Alwyn Barr and Bruce Allardice

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: July 27, 2011

Robert Dillard Stone, lawyer and soldier, was born in Virginia about 1835, the son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Dillard) Stone. By 1850 the father, a wealthy farmer, had moved his family to Jackson County, Missouri. On July 5, 1858, Robert married Laura Ringgold in Jackson County. He came to Texas before the Civil War from Missouri, and practiced law in Gainesville. He enlisted in the Twenty-second Texas Cavalry in 1862 and was elected lieutenant of Company H. He rose to lieutenant colonel in 1863 and commanded Polignac's Brigade in the Red River campaign from mid-April to mid-May 1864. He was killed in action at Yellow Bayou, Louisiana, on May 18, 1864, and is buried near that battlefield.

Alwyn Barr, Polignac's Texas Brigade, Texas Gulf Coast Historical Association Publication Series 8.1 (November 1964). Confederate Veteran, July 1909.

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Time Periods:
  • Civil War

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Alwyn Barr and Bruce Allardice, “Stone, Robert Dillard,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 17, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

July 27, 2011

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