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Maj Joseph Washington Anderson

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Maj Joseph Washington Anderson

  • Birth 19 Dec 1836 Botetourt County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 17 May 1863 Champion Hill, Hinds County, Mississippi, USA
  • Burial Fincastle, Botetourt County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot His body was removed from the battlefield grave by his father and brought home to Fincastle.
  • Memorial ID 22002036

Son of Col. John T. Anderson, a lawyer and State Legislator, and Cassandra (Shanks) Patton, the widow of William Patton.
Studied at the Botetourt Seminary, and at W.R. Galt’s school in Buchanan, VA, before attending University of Virginia (1854-1855, 1856-1857, 1858-1859), graduating at top of class in Law.
The day after graduation, on 30 Jan. 1859, he married Susan Watson Morris (b.@1832) of Charlottesville, VA.
Began practicing law, but because of his health, retired to farming and became a planter. The couple had two children, Anna M. and John T. Anderson.

At the organization of “The Mountain Men” military unit in December 1859, he was elected 1st Lieutenant of the company, and after the secession of Virginia from the Union, he was elected Captain.

Chief of Artillery for C.S.A. General Carter Littlepage Stevenson's Division, Army of Tennessee.

A 24 year-old farmer/planter, he enlisted on 5/15/1861 at Buchanan, VA., as part of the "Mountain Men", which joined the Confederate Army, and traveled 50 miles to Lynchburg, VA., where on 5/16/1861 he was commissioned as Captain of his Company "Mountain Rifles". (This company subsequently became Company H, 28th Virginia Infantry.)
On 12/24/1861 the company was transferred into Botetourt Virginia Light Artillery as Company A.
In spring 1862, the Botetourt Artillery was ordered to East Tennessee, then in 1863, to Vicksburg, MS.
Listed on Jan & Feb 1863 Roll as Chief of Artillery for General Carter Littlepage Stevenson's Division, Army of Tennessee.
Promoted to Major 4/4/1863.
Mortally Wounded In Action 5/16/1863 in at Champion Hills, MS. [Original basic bio by Scott Hutchison (#46635174).]

Bio by: BigFrench


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  • Created by: Scott Hutchison
  • Added: 7 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22002036
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Joseph Washington Anderson (19 Dec 1836–17 May 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22002036, citing Fincastle Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Fincastle, Botetourt County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Scott Hutchison (contributor 46635174) .