Brigadier General, United States Army
Anderson of Virginia
Appointed from Virginia, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 1 September 1884 (30)
Second Lieutenant, 15th U. S. Infantry, 11 June 1888
Transferred to 1st U. S. Cavalry, 11 February 1889
First Lieutenant, 7th U. S. Cavalry, 23 May 1896
Captain, Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers, 20 June 1898
Honorably discharged from the Volunteer Service, 31 December 1898
Captain, 7th U. S. Cavalry, 2 February 1901
Edward Anderson was born in Pittsylvania
County, Virginia, 31 May 1864. He graduated from the United States
Military Academy in 1888 and served in the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American
War and World War I. He served through the ranks to Brigadier General.
He died at Lake City, Florida, on 2 November 1937 and was buried with full
military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Amelie
Duncan Anderson, born at Pittsylvania Country, Virginia, 8 August 1896,
and who died at Port Arthur, Texas, on 17 November 1985, is buried with
him. She outlived him by 48 years.
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – November 2, 1937 – Brigadier General Edward Anderson, who retired from the Army in 1923 after thirty-five years of active service, died today in the Lake City Veterans Hospital at the age of 73.
He was born at Chatham, Virginia, in 1864, and was graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1883 and from the United States Military Academy in 1888. He was instructor of tactics was West Point during the World War.
Brigadier General Anderson was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Fifteenth Infantry on June 11, 1888 and was transferred to the First Cavalry eight months later. He was a First Lieutenant when the Spanish-American War broke out, and held the war rank of Captain and was Assistant Adjutant General from June to December 1898, being one of the first of the junior officers to be promoted to such a rank.
Reverting to his former rank at the end of the war, he rose steadily and was a Lieutenant Colonel when the United States entered the World War. All of his active service was with the mounted arm, much of it along the Rio Grande. In the meantime, be had been an honor graduate of the Infantry-Cavalry School in 1897 and graduated from the Army War College in 1914.
Made a Colonel on May 15, 1917, General Anderson held the war rank of Brigadier General from October 1, 1918 until his honorable discharge on March 1, 1919, reverting to the rank of Colonel. During part of this period he was commander of the Thirteenth Cavalry. He retired with the rank of Colonel on April 28, 1923, but received the rank of Brigadier General, retired, by the act of June 21, 1930.
General Anderson received a Silver Star for his services.
Posted: 1 January 2005 Updated: 23 December 2007
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 2 December 2004