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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1833

Vol. I

(Born Va.)

James W. Anderson​a

(Ap'd Va.)


James Willoughby Anderson: Born 1812, Norfolk, VA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1829, to July 1, 1833, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, July 1, 1833.

 p564  Served: in garrison at Hancock Barracks, Me., 1833‑36, — Ft. Mackinac,

(Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, July 3, 1836)

Mich., 1836‑37, — and Ft. Howard, Wis., 1837; in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1837‑42, being engaged in the Rout of

(First Lieut., 2d Infantry, Nov. 4, 1838)

Halleck Tustennuggee's Band in the Big Hammock of Pilaklikaha, Apr. 19, 1842; as Adjutant, 2d Infantry, at Regimental headquarters, May 15,

(Bvt. Capt., Aug. 23, 1841,
for Gallant and Success­ful Conduct in the War against the Florida Indians)

1840, to Sep. 22, 1845; in garrison at Buffalo Barracks, N. Y., 1842‑45, — Ft. Gratiot, Mich., 1845‑46, — and Newport Barracks, Ky., 1846; and in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Siege of Vera

(Captain, 2d Infantry, Feb. 16, 1847)

Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of Ocalaca, Aug. 16, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Apr. 19‑20, 1847, where he was wounded (at San Geronimo, Aug. 19), — and Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, where he was Mortally Wounded "at the head of his company, nobly leading it a second time" in the Assault of the Convent, which had been strongly intrenched to serve as a citadel.

Died of Wounds, Aug. 22, 1847: Aged 35.

Thayer's Note:

a His son, Edward Willoughby Anderson, was also a cadet at the Academy, Class of 1864; but left West Point in 1860, his plebe year, to serve with the Virginia Provisional Army and then the Confederate Army. Letters of his from that year, onsite, paint an interesting picture of West Point on the eve of the War between the States.

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