b. 13/12/1854 New York. d. 25/10/1936 Ashfield, Massachusetts.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 1879 Las Animas Canyon, New Mexico.
Emmet was born in New York City to William Jenkins Emmet and Julia Colt Pierson. He is the great-grandson of Thomas Addis Emmet, a lawyer, who was an elder brother of executed Irish nationalist Robert Emmet. His father's parents were Robert Emmet and Rosina Hubley. His mother's parents were Josiah G. Pierson and Julia Colt.
He has a twin sister named Rosina Emmet Sherwood and had two other sisters, Lydia Field Emmet and Jane Emmet de Glehn. All three of his sisters were noted portrait artists.
In addition he had four brothers, Christopher Temple Emmet, a graduate of the Yale Forest School Class of 1902; William LeRoy Emmet, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1881; Devereux Emmet; and Richard Stockton Emmet. His uncle, John Emmet attended West Point from 1814-1817.
Robert Temple Emmet was married to Helena Van Courtlandt Phelps, who died on February 27, 1920 in New York.
He graduated from West Point in 1877 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant, in the 9th Cavalry Regiment of the Buffalo Soldiers upon graduation.
Lt. Emmet was in G Troop which was sent to relieve a detachment of soldiers under attack by hostile Apaches During a flank attack on the Indian camp, made to divert the hostiles Lt. Emmet and 5 of his men became surrounded when the Indians returned to defend their camp. Finding that the Indians were making for a position from which they could direct their fire on the retreating troop, the Lieutenant held his point with his party until the soldiers reached the safety of a canyon. Lt. Emmet then continued to hold his position while his party recovered their horses. The enemy force consisted of approximately 200.
BURIAL LOCATION: BEECHWOODS CEMETERY, NEW ROCHELLE, NEW YORK.
Section 32, Lot 759, Grave 9