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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1842

Vol. II

(Born S. C.)

Richard H. Anderson

(Ap'd S. C.)


Richard Heron Anderson: Born Oct. 7, 1821, Sumter County, SC.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1838, to July 1, 1842, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, July 1, 1842.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1842; on frontier duty at Little Rock, Ark., 1843, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1843, — March to Ft. Washita, I. T., 1843, — Escorting Indian Agent to Red River, 1843, — Ft. Washita, I. T., 1843‑44, — and Ft. Jesup, La., 1844‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; on Recruiting service,

(Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, July 16, 1844)

1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Skirmish of La Hoya, June 20, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19, 1847, — Skirmish of San Augustin, Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — and Operations

(Bvt. First Lieut., Aug. 20, 1847
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in an Affair with the Enemy at San Agustin, Mex.)

before and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 12‑14, 1847; on Recruiting service, 1849; at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa.,

(First Lieut., 2d Dragoons, July 13, 1848)

1849‑50; on Recruiting service, 1850‑52; on frontier duty at Ft. Graham, Tex., 1852‑53, — Ft. McKavett, Tex., 1853‑54, — San Antonio, Tex., 1854, — Ft. McKavett, Tex., 1855, — Ft. Riley, Kan., 1855‑56, — and in

(Captain, 2d Dragoons, Mar. 3, 1855)

quelling Kansas Disturbances, 1856‑57; at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1858; and on frontier duty in conducting Recruits to Utah, 1858, — Utah Expedition, 1858‑59, — and at Ft. Kearny, Neb., 1859‑61.

Resigned, Mar. 3, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — Cotton Planter, Stateburg, S. C., 1866‑68. Agent of South Carolina Railroad at Camden, S. C., 1868‑78. Inspector of Phosphates of the State of South Carolina, 1879.

Died, June 26, 1879, at Beaufort, S. C.: Aged 57.

Buried, St. Helena's Episcopal Churchyard, Beaufort, SC.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record, which was outstanding and earned him the rank of Lieutenant-General and the name of "Fighting Dick Anderson". The lacuna is summarily filled in by the online biographical sketch at Find-a‑Grave, and elsewhere.

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