Robert Hall Chilton
(February 25, 1815 – February 18, 1879) was an officer in the U.S. Army
during the Mexican War
, and a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army
during the American Civil War
. He served as Chief of Staff for the Army of Northern Virginia
under Robert E. Lee
for much of the war.
Robert Chilton was a colonel in the Confederate Army during the War of Secession. Chilton was attached to the Army of Northern Virginia and was adjutant to General Robert E. Lee during Lee's Philadelphia campaign in the fall of 1862. After hearing that Thomas Jackson had turned the Army of the Potomac's right flank at the Battle of Camp Hill, Chilton and Lee discussed plans to exploit the victory and end the war. Chilton had an extremely low opinion of George McClellan--as did just about everyone.