(1805-1871) Graduated in the West Point class of 1825. He participated in the Black Hawk, Florida and Mexican Wars and was twice brevetted for gallantry. In November 1860, he was ordered to Charleston Harbor to command the three United States forts there; Castle Pickney, Fort Moultrie, and Fort Sumter, in the face of South Carolina's imminent secession. Anderson refused a formal demand for his surrender and in the early morning hours of April 12, 1861, Fort Sumter was bombarded, and the Civil War began. His small garrison withstood 36 hours under fire before being compelled to surrender. Anderson became a national hero for his gallant actions. He personally raised the U.S. flag over Fort Sumter on April 14, 1865, exactly four years after he had hauled it down.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Standing view in uniform with rank of brigadier general, his kepi sits on the table at his side. 1861 C.D. Fredricks & Co., New York imprint on the front mount. Backmark: Charles D. Fredricks & Co., 587 Broadway, New York. Period ink signature on the reverse, From S.H. Moseley. Period ink ID, Maj. Gen. Robert Anderson. Light edge wear and a thin scratch at the top of the card. Sharp image. Desirable pose. Uncommon.