born in Blount County, Alabama, around the year 1823. He stood 5 feet 5
inches tall, had gray eyes and dark hair. His Grandfather was Isaac H.
Roberts, a member of TN General Assembly in the years of 1837-39
representing Franklin then, 1845-47 representing Coffee County.
On 29 April 1861, at the age of 37. R. B. Roberts enlisted at
Altamont into the 1st TN Infantry Co. A. He was given the rank of First
Sergeant and went with his company to Richmond Virginia, where the
cadets from the Virginia Military Institute drill and trained the
Tennessee Soldiers. He was sent back to Winchester, Tennessee on
special orders to recruit more volunteers.
Special order 264 was sent from Richmond transferring him
from the 1st Tennessee, located in Virginia, to the 35th Tennessee
located in his home state of TN. He was under Col. Hill during the
Battle of Shiloh. Col. Hill's regiment received high remarks from it
After Shiloh Sgt. R.B. Roberts was promoted to Captain. During
the fighting at Corinth Miss. His men were on picket duty and engaged
the enemy and routed them. The 35th was a part of Hardee's Corps during
the battle of Perryville KY. Capt. Roberts states that his men
were in considerably fighting around Richmond Ky. During the battle of
Murfreesboro for his actions Captain Roberts was put in for the Medal
of Honor general order number 131/3. While at Tullahoma Capt.
Roberts was promoted to Lt. Col.
Beginning November 20th 1863 his division was part of John C.
Breckenridge's Corps. At the battle of Chattanooga Lt. Col Roberts was
captured at Missionary Ridge and spent the rest of the war as a
Of any Grundy County soldier in the Civil War Lt. Col. Riley Bradford
Roberts attained the highest rank. By the end of war, He had moved up
the ranks from enlisted man to Lt. Col. A feat unmatched by anyone else
from the county fighting for the North or the South. Riley Bradford
Roberts died in the home of Marion Sweeton in early 1889. He is buried
along the road beside the Sweeton