I receive Robert's Civil War Pension records. These records finally indicated that Robert died at the National Soldiers Home in Hampton, Va., on 20 October 1898. Besides his health problems there were two references to his drinking problems. Once by his wife Sallie Shaw who was presenting an applications for Robert's pension after he had died, and by military charges of drunkenness. Around June 1862 he develop Typhoid Fever for three months. Was promoted to Captain January 1864. Within these files was a neighbors affidavit's one was from a William E. Tuchtone (Touchstone) age 47, of 918 Jefferson Street, Wilm, De. He stated that he was Robert's Nephew. This would have been his sister Martha's Son. There was also a Affidavit by Thomas Green (Co 'C' 8th Del) and James Fletcher & George W. Wilkins (Co D 2nd Regt Del, 1st & 8th Regt). These last two were also residents of the Soldiers Home and it looks like both served with/for Robert in Delaware.
Received a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Hampton National Cemetery, Cemetery Road at Marshall Ave, Hampton, Va. 23669, which confirmed that Robert J. Holt was indeed buried in section New 'D' Grave plot #7643. Date of death was listed as 21 Oct 1898.
8th Regiment - Organized at Wilmington, Del., October, 1864. Ordered to City Point, Va., reporting there October 13, 1864. Attached to Engineer Brigade, Army of the Potomac, to January 12, 1865. Provost Guard, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1865. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to June, 1865.
SERVICE.--Duty in the Defenses of City Point, Va., and provost duty at General Army Headquarters until March 16, 1865. Joined 5th Army Corps March 18. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Lewis Farm, near Gravelly Run, March 29. White Oak Ridge March 31. Five Forks April 1. Fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Moved to Washington, D.C., May 2-12. Grand review May 23. Mustered out June 5, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 3 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 10 Enlisted men by disease. Total 13.