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Federal (USV)


Wallace Roswell Andrus

(1843 - 1921)

Home State: Connecticut

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 16 year old bookkeeper living with his parents in Berlin, CT. He enlisted as a Private in Company G, 16th Connecticut Infantry on 30 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 and was promoted to First Sergeant of his Company the same day.

The rest of the War

He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of Company I on 4 February 1863 and promoted to First Lieutenant on 22 May 1863. He was captured at Plymouth, NC on 20 April 1864 and was a prisoner at Columbia, SC. He was paroled on 10 December 1864, and was discharged on 15 May 1865.

After the War

He was a merchandiser in Brooklyn, NY in 1869 and by 1880 he was a bookkeeper in East Orange, NJ. Soon afterward he went west as a land agent for the Northern Pacific Railway and by 1884 he was a partner in Percival & Andrus, a real estate firm in Cheney, Washington. By 1908 was cashier of the D. S. Johnston Company in Tacoma, which sold pianos and organs, and in 1915 he was Vice President of the Tacoma Research Club, State Historical Society. He was an active member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) and was Commander of the State of Washington Commandery. He had finally retired and was living with his wife in San Diego, CA in 1920. It is likely he was visiting his son Albert (1872-1951) in Portland, OR at his death in 1921.

References & notes

His service from the Record.1 Columbia detail from a list of officers in the NY Times of 6 February 1865. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, 1880, 1910, and 1920. His wedding details from the NY Times of 31 October 1865. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Annis Amanda Mead (1839-1933) in October 1865 in Brooklyn, NY, and they had 4 children; their second, Lewis (b. 1869), died in infancy. Their youngest, daughter Grace Mead Andrus de Laguna, PhD (1878–1978) was a longtime professor and, after 1930, Philosophy department chair at Bryn Mawr.

More on the Web

A (wartime?) photograph of him is in the collection of the Connecticut State Library [finding aid, PDF].


08/22/1843; East Berlin, CT


04/24/1921; Portland, OR; burial in Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Mausoleum, Portland, OR


1   State of Connecticut, Adjutant General's Office, and AGs Smith, Camp, and Barbour, and AAG White, Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Hartford: Press of the Case, Lockwood, and Brainard Company, 1889, pp. 631, 635  [AotW citation 27205]