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Major Robert Anderson Collection, 1861

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Major Robert Anderson Collection




Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives. Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931

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Access at KHS only. Use microfilm, transcriptions or images when available.

For microfilmed copies see Clift number(s): 0017 (A)

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Major Robert Anderson Collection, 1861, 85SC15,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


1 folder, 1 item.


Major Robert Anderson, a native of Louisville and the son of Revolutionary hero Colonel Richard Anderson, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1825. He stayed on active service from that time, until retiring for health reasons during the Civil War. Included in his army career was service in the Mexican-American War. He refused to surrender Sumter on demand to the newly seceded Southerners. After a defense of thirty-four hours, Anderson surrendered the bombarded fort. Anderson reached the rank of Major-General before the war's end

Scope and Content

This is a card containing a photograph of Anderson and his autograph, signed at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, which Anderson commanded, on April 7, 1861, just five days before the fort was attacked by Confederate forces, beginning the Civil War.

The autograph was solicited by a Carrie Hainland (?)

Creator's Occupation: U.S. army officer


  • American Revolution
  • Civil War--Union Army

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