mustered and elected Captain of Company "D" September 22 1861. Upon the death of Colonel Tindall at Shiloh, Lt Colonel Quinn Morton assumed command of the 23rd Missouri until June 7 1862 when William Robinson was appointed Colonel and Commander of the 23rd. He served as Commander to September 22 1864 when the majority of the regiment was sent home after the Battle of Atlanta due to the completion of three year enlistments. His prior military service included the summer of 1847 when he enlisted for the Mexican War. He was in Company E, Third Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Infantry and was elected orderly sergeant. He fought in General Winfield Scott's Mexico City campaign and was discharged in August, 1848. Colonel Robinson was a member of the GAR, and was the first Commander of the Lieutenant T.D.Neal Post No. 124 at Bethany Missouri. He was a Master Mason, member of the IOOF and a Knight's Templar being a charter member of Bethany Commandery No. 42.