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Confederate (CSA)


Robert Walker Anderson

(1838 - 1864)

Home State: North Carolina

Education: U of North Carolina, Class of 1858

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Anderson's (NC) Brigade

Before Sharpsburg

An 1858 graduate, Walker taught Greek at the University of North Carolina until 1861. He enlisted 11 March 1862 as a Private in Battery G, 3rd North Carolina Light Artillery in Orange County, NC. He was promoted to First Sergeant on 6 April. He was detailed as Lieutenant and Aide de camp to his brother George B. Anderson's staff on 11 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the shoulder in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He and the General were treated at the Boteler home in Shepherdstown, VA, taken by wagon to Staunton, VA then on by rail to Raleigh, NC and the home of their brother William E. Anderson. George died of his wounds in October but Walker returned to duty, date not given. He was an acting Lieutenant of Artillery at the Fayetteville Arsenal by April 1863 and commissioned Lieutenant and Ordnance Officer on 2 May. He was assigned to the staff of General John Rogers Cooke on 16 July 1863 and promoted to Captain on the staff on 25 February 1864. He was killed in action at the Wilderness, VA on 5 May 1864.

References & notes

His service from the Roster 1 and Krick.2 His academic career from the Grant's Alumni History of the University of North Carolina (1924). Further details from a piece about his brother's wounding and care in the Wilmington Journal of 31 May 1867 online from the Library of Congress. Thanks to Laura Elliott for providing that clipping. Personal information from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Rebecca Bennehan Cameron (1840-1883) in North Carolina in April 1863, and they had one child who died as an infant.

His Florida cousin Walker C. Anderson (1835-1864), also a Confederate staff officer, married Rebecca's cousin Kate Cameron, also in April 1863 in Raleigh, and was mortally wounded at Resaca, GA in May 1864, dying at Atlanta about 2 weeks after his cousin did in Virginia.


01/23/1838 in NC


05/05/1864; the Wilderness, VA; burial in Saint Matthews Episcopal Church Cemetery, Hillsborough, NC


1   Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth Tyree Jordan, Matthew M Brown, Michael W Coffey, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 : A Roster, 20 Volumes +, Raleigh: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1966-  [AotW citation 21221]

2   Krick, Robert K., Parker's Virginia Battery, C.S.A., Berryville: Virginia Book Company, 1975, pg. 62  [AotW citation 21222]