Robert Houstoun Anderson

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Robert H.Anderson was born in Savannah, Georgia, on October 1, 1835. After receiving his early education in the common schools of his native city, he entered West Point and was brevetted a 2nd lieutenant of infantry on July 1, 1857. After service mainly in garrison at Fort Walla Walla, Washington, he resigned from the old army to offer his services to the Confederacy. First appointed a lieutenant of artillery, he was in September 1861 promoted major and assistant adjutant general to General W. H. T. Walker, then in command on the Georgia coast. Transferring to the line, he was made colonel of the 5th Georgia Cavalry in January 1863, which was soon ordered to the Army of Tennessee, where it became a part of W. W. Allen's brigade. After General Allen was given divisional command, Anderson succeeded to the brigade, and on July 26, 1864, was appointed brigadier general. As a part of Wheeler's cavalry corps Anderson's brigade participated in all of the engagements of that command until the surrender in North Carolina. After the close of hostilities General Anderson returned to Savannah and was appointed chief of police in 1867, a position which he occupied until his death, February 8, 1888. In the years 1879 and 1887 he was a member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy. He is buried in Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah.

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