Robert Roach was a resident of Mansfield on December 20, 1864 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. K of the 29th (Colored) Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry; he was paid $100 of the $200 bounty that he was entitled to at the time of his enlistment. He was mustered out in Brownsville, Texas on October 24, 1865; the remarks indicate that he was sick in the Brownsville hospital and no discharge was furnished.
The descriptive muster roll of the 29th (Colored) Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry lists his age as 24 and his occupation as sailor. He is described as 5’ 7 ¾” tall with a black complexion and black eyes and black hair. His marital status is single.
He was born about 1840 in Nova Scotia, Canada. Robert Roach was not a resident of Mansfield in the 1860 U.S. census; no further information is known