Major Robert Anderson

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Major Robert Anderson
By: Taylor Ricks

Major Robert Anderson born June 14th 1805 was born as a soldier in a Soldiers retreat in Kentucky. He graduated from the United States West Point Military Academy. At West Point he earned a commission and became a second lieutenant in the 2nd regiment Artillery. And from there he joined Lincoln in and out of service. He was first lieutenant, then Seminole as assistant general to Winfield Scott, then captain in 1841. He was wounded in the Mexican American war where he was commanded and received a Brevet Major. He was the Major of the Union Army in 1957. Major Anderson was a slave owner back in Kentucky. He was a union commander officer of the US Army in Charleston SC. Him and Lincoln worked close in hand until one day Anderson wanted to take matters into his own hands, and move from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter to become the center of the Harbor. February 1861 the Confederate States demanded the fort to be turned over, and Anderson said no. Brid Gen PG Beauregard led the artillery attack on April 12th; it went on for 36 hours. Anderson had to be careful on how much the union fired back considering their supply ship has been captured. It was not til the 14th that Anderson raised the 33 American flag along with the white flag to surrender. On that day they got a 100 gun union salute, a union solider was skilled due to a misfire. Anderson became a nationalism hero when he put up that American flag with 33 stars. After that he was promoted to Brigadier general May 15th. He was then Commander of Kentucky. His last battle was August 1863, Fort Adams, Newport Rhode Island.
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