|Death: ||Nov. 10, 1908|
Los Angeles County
Company D, 22nd Iowa Infantry
Francis M. Anderson was the son of Major Anderson and Narcissa "Nancy" Benninton Morton (born 1807 in Maryland). He was living with his parents, seven siblings, and grandfather at Madison, Putnam County, Indiana, in 1850. His family left Indiana in 1853 and settled at Troy, Monroe County, Iowa. He enlisted as a private at nearby Albia, Iowa, July 28, 1862, and was mustered into Company D, 22nd Iowa Infantry. He was mustered out at Savannah, Georgia, July 25, 1865. He returned home to Troy and married Mary (surname unknown; born 1842 in Kentucky). By 1880 he had relocated his family to Cherryvale, Kansas, and his widowed father was living with him. Francis applied for a Civil War veteran's pension and received certificate No. 645,360. He was a widowed farmer still living at Cherryvale when he was admitted to the Leavenworth Soldiers' Home January 24, 1901. He was released on his own request July 21, 1907, and transferred to the Sawtelle Soliders' Home at Los Angeles, California, where he checked in January 7, 1908. It was at the Sawtelle Home that he committed suicide by taking an overdose of morphine. His Soldiers' Home record shows his next-of-kin as his brother-in-law, James H. Kessler, of Mound Valley, Kansas. James Kessler was also a veteran of Company D, 22nd Iowa Infantry. James married Francis' sister Minerva, who died in 1903.
San Francisco Call, Vol. 104, No. 164, November 11, 1908
OLD SOLDIERS COMMIT SUICIDE
LOS ANGELES. Nov. 10 — Two old soldiers, veterans of the civil war, committed suicide at the national home at Sawtelle today.
Samuel Wiggins, 70 years of age, a veteran of Company I of the Twenty-second New Hampshire Cavalry, severed the arteries in his wrists' and bled to death. He was a patient in the tuberculosis ward.
Francis M. Anderson, 69 years of age, a member of Company D, Twenty-second lowa Infantry, took morphine and expired. He was afflicted with asthma.
Major Anderson (1806 - 1885)
Francis M Anderson (1839 - 1908)
Minerva Anderson Kessler (1842 - 1903)*
22 IA. INF.
Los Angeles National Cemetery
Los Angeles County
Plot: Section 15, Row F, Grave 4
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Enlisted 28 July 1862. Promoted 8th Corporal 13 March 1863; 4th Corporal 1 Aug. 1863; 3rd Corporal 22 Dec. 1862. Mustered out 25 July 1865 at Savannah, Ga. From a son of the Regiment...|
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