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Richard H. Anderson

Date of Birth:      October 7, 1821
Hometown:         Hill Crest, SC
Education:           West Point, 1842
Final Wartime Rank:    Lieutenant General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     June 26, 1879
Place of Death:    Beaufort, SC
Buried At:           Beaufort, SC

Major Battles:        Siege of Fort Sumter, Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, Second Manassas, Antietam Campaign, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Overland Campaign, Siege of Petersburg, Appomattox Campaign.

Interesting Fact(s):    Anderson, with the exception, of the Battle of First Manassas, would serve with the Army of Northern Virginia, for the entire Civil War.  Originally assigned a brigade commander, in James Longstreet's 1st Corps, Anderson would be promoted through division command and would eventually be promoted lieutenant general, commanding Longstreet's 1st Corps, when Longstreet was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness.  For a period of time, Anderson would be in command of the defenses of Richmond.  After participating in the defense, of Richmond/Petersburg, Anderson would retreat, with the Army of Northern Virginia towards Appomattox Court House.  His division would be destroyed, as it was strung out, approaching Sayler's Creek.  After the war, Anderson would struggle against poverty, receiving no pension, from the government.

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