ANDERS, J.W. (1844~1926) John Wesley Anders was born in Amite County, Mississippi in 1844. Not much is known about his early life. He enlisted as a private in Company F, of the 12th Louisiana Infantry in March of 1862 and served until the war was nearly over in 1865. On his Confederate Pension Application, Mr. Anders wrote that be was in the hospital, in Mississippi, after being wounded and received a 90 day furlough to return home. Before he could make it home the Confederate Army surrendered. He appears on the register of Way Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi on January 11, 1865. Exactly how we was wounded or where is uncertain. Anders very possibly fought at Champions Hill, and Jackson before joining the campaigns of the Army of Tennessee.
Anders came to Texas in 1892 and lived in Conroe, Texas where he was a farmer. We know that he was married because he was a widower when he entered the Confederate Mens Home December 19, 1922. The only listed person he wished to notify upon his death was the editor of the Conroe Newspaper. On the Confederate Home Roster, Anders identified himself as a Methodist. John Wesley Anders died at the age of 82 on January 26, 1926 and was buried at the Texas State Cemetery the same day.
Information from: Complied military records, Soldiers Application for a Pension, Confederate Home Roster, Death Certificate, and the National Park Service website at itd.nps.gov.