|Death: ||Jul. 24, 1863|
Mr. Anderson was 21 when he enlisted at Camp Decker, Staten Island, N.Y. on 8/7/1861. He was mustered in on 8/14/1861. On the afternoon of July 2, 1863, at Gettysburg Pa., Corporal Anderson's Corps, the 3rd came to be in about as bad a place as they could be in the battle line. Their commander, Gen. Dan Sickles decides that he would rather fight on higher ground than where he was, and moves his corps far forward of the rest of the Union line. General Meade, commander of the army sends a message asking him what he thought he was doing. When Sickles explains that he only sought higher ground to fight on, Meade sarcastically replies that if he were to move another mile or so out, he would find even higher ground. Sickles, rebuffed, offers to move back to hs original position but it is too late. Confederate General James Longstreet has him in his sights and attacks him. The 3rd Corps pays a fairly heavy price for the blunder. The 73rd would lose 33 killed and 43 wounded. Corporal Anderson is severely wounded in the thigh. The leg was amputated shortly after. He would die of his wounds at Gettysburg on 7/24/1863.
CO. B. REGT. 4.
Gettysburg National Cemetery
Plot: Gravesite C-54, New York Plot.
Created by: Tony Cossean
Record added: Feb 01, 2008
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