Robert Anderson was born June 14th 1805 near Louisville, Kentucky. He followed his family's military tradition by graduating from West Point Military Academy in 1825, serving in the Black Hawk and Seminole wars, serving and being wounded at the battle of Molino del Ray during the Mexican War. He worked in various administrative and teaching capacities, helping to shape the artillery corps into a more effective branch of the American Army.
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[Full text under Anderson Portrait on US123 cover: "The excitement of the brave Charlestonians on hearing the news of the surrender of Fort Sumter was immense. The whole population were mad with joy, and clapped their hands, and shouted 'Glory to the Charleston chivalry and the Lord of Hosts!' Horsemen galloped about the streets bellowing the tidings, and ladies -- the pretty rebels! -- waved their pocket-handkerchiefts out of every window. The Mills House was the chief centre of these demonstrations, and crowds thronged the front of it, congratulating themselves that eighteen batteries, and from five to ten thousand men had silenced a single fort, manned by seventy half-starved, patriotic soldiers of the Republic of the United States. It was a brave achievement, and the good God will, no doubt, reward them for it, in his own good time."]