Robert Lewis Dabney (1820 - 1898) was a native of Virginian, educated at Hampden Sydney College, University of Virginia (M.A., 1842), and Union Theological Seminary (1846). He was ordained to the ministry in 1847 and spent his first six years of ministerial life pastoring a church. He was a Southern Presbyterian, and chaplain, chief of staff (with the rank of Major), and biographer to Stonewall Jackson. His biographer said that he was entitiled to 'the first place among the theological thinkers and writers of his century.

(some info from The Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, 1914).