Mortally wounded in the battle of Sharpsburg, Maryland
(1831-62) Born near Hillsboro, North Carolina. After attending the University of North Carolina, he entered the United States Military Academy, at West Point, graduating in the class of 1852. Appointed 2nd lieutenant, in the 2nd U.S. Dragoons, his U.S. military service was entirely on the frontier. He had been promoted to the rank of 1st lieutenant by the time he resigned his commission from the U.S. Army on April 25, 1861, to cast his lot with the Confederacy. Commissioned colonel of the 4th North Carolina Infantry, Anderson took his regiment to Manassas Junction, Va. shortly after the first battle fought there on July 21, 1861. He remained there as post commandant until March 1862. Earning a stellar reputation as a furious fighter, his personal bravery prompted President Jefferson Davis to appoint him brigadier general to rank from June 9, 1862. His brigade was conspicuous during the Seven Days Battles, and he sustained a wound while leading a gallant charge at Malvern Hill, Va. He fought under the command of General Daniel Harvey Hill at South Mountain, Maryland, and then went into his last battle only three days later at Sharpsburg, on September 17th. While holding a portion of the Confederate line almost unsupported, he received a mortal bullet wound in his foot. First transported to Shepherdstown and then to Staunton, Virginia, General Anderson was subsequently sent to Raleigh, N.C. where his seriously wounded foot was amputated. Failing to recover from the surgery, he succumbed to death on October 16, 1862. He is buried in Raleigh.
Antique photograph, 4 x 5 1/2, in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa early 1900's print.