Taken at Fort Sumter Feb. 8, 1861
(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. Bust view in uniform with epaulettes. Imprint on the front mount, Major Robert Anderson, U.S.A. Taken At Fort Sumter Feb'y 8, 1861. Published By E. Anthony, 501 Broadway. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1861, by E. Anthony, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of New York. Very fine.