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R. Anderson

R. Anderson

Federal (USV)


Robert Anderson

(c. 1830 - ?)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 31, he enlisted on 7 September 1861 in New York City and mustered as a Corporal in Company B, 51st New York Infantry on 12 September. He was promoted to Sergeant on 21 March 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Locust Spring field hospital on the Geeting farm near Sharpsburg then was admitted to the US Army General Hospital at Camp B in Frederick, MD on 29 December. While there he was appointed 2nd Lieutenant of Company I, to date from 23 October 1862. He was sent from Frederick to Baltimore on 9 March 1863. He was briefly in the Invalid Corps in August and September 1863, but returned to the 51st. He transferred as 2nd Lieutenant to the Veteran Reserve Corps on 14 December 1863.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General1 and the Muster Roll abstract, online from fold3. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List 2 and Nelson.3 He is also on a casualty list in the New York Herald of 23 September 1862. His picture from a photograph in the Scott D. Hann Collection, published in Military Images (September/October 2002).


c. 1830


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1900, Ser. No. 25, p. 4  [AotW citation 30308]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #1.177  [AotW citation 30309]

3   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, p. 115  [AotW citation 30310]