Biography of Robert Anderson


Anderson, Robert, born in 1805. An American general who served as colonel in the Black Hawk War, and distinguished himself in the Mexican War (1846-48), in the battle of El Molino del Rey. On the outbreak of the Civil War he was appointed to the defense of Charleston Harbor, and held Fort Sumter for two days against the Confederates; failing health prevented his taking further part in the war. Died, 1871.