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This Day in Georgia History

February 08, 1888

Robert H. Anderson Died

Former Confederate general Robert H. Anderson died in Savannah. Born there on Oct. 1, 1835, he graduated from West Point in 1857 and was assigned to duty in the state of Washington. After Georgia’s secession, Anderson resigned his commission and became a lieutenant – and later major – of artillery at Fort McAllister. In January 1863, he became a colonel in the 5th Georgia Cavalry in Wheeler’s cavalry division. Anderson was involved in Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign, and in July 1864 was promoted to brigadier general. He commanded Allen’s Georgia Cavalry Brigade during Sherman’s March to the Sea and during the subsequent march through the Carolinas. After the war, Anderson served as Savannah’s chief of police. Following his death, Anderson was buried in Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery, where a monument topped by a bronze bust marks his grave.