George Thomas Anderson

Brigadier General

Headstones: Find-a-Grave

Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

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George Thomas "Tige" Anderson was born in Covington, Georgia, on February 3, 1824. While a student at Emory College, Oxford, Georgia, he left to enter the Mexican War as a lieutenant of Georgia Cavalry in the command of General Ste­phen W. Kearny; and in 1855 was commissioned into the regular service, from which he resigned in 1858 as a captain of the 1st Cavalry. Elected colonel of the 11th Georgia Infantry in 1861, Anderson acted as brigade commander during the battles of the Seven Days, at Second Manassas, and at Sharpsburg. He was appointed brigadier general November 1, 1862. Anderson was at Fredericksburg, and followed the fortunes of Longstreet's corps in the Suffolk expedition, at Gettysburg (where he was severely wounded), Chickamauga, Knoxville, and through the Virginia campaign of 1864. His brigade was attached to General Charles W. Field's division at Appomattox, and he was there paroled. After the war General Anderson served for a time as freight agent for the Georgia Railroad at Atlanta and was later chief of police of that city. The last years of his life were spent as chief of police and county tax collector at Anniston, Alabama, where he died on April 4, 1901. He is buried in Edgemont Cemetery there.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.