ANDERSON, ROBERT JAMES (1845~1936) Robert James Anderson, confederate veteran, was born in Clarke, Alabama December 24, 1847 to Joseph Anderson and Nancy Coreen McClure-Anderson. He was the oldest of four children. Nothing else of his early life is known. Anderson joined Company H of the 62nd Alabama Infantry, formerly the 1st Alabama reserves April 5, year not known. However, it is believed he joined the Confederate Army later in the war, as he joined a soldier who was returning to service after a furlough. Anderson was captured at Fort Blakely in April of 1865 and taken to Mobile, Alabama as a prisoner of war. In all, Anderson served 18 months in the Confederate States Army.
Robert Anderson came to Texas in 1874. According to the 1880 Census he and his family were living in Freestone, Texas where he was a farmer. His wifes name was Katheran, their children were Corah, Jessie, Arthur, and Henry. When he applied for Confederate pension in April of 1913 he had lived in Bastrop County for three years; his post office was in Smithville, Texas. When Anderson entered the Confederate Mens Home September 3, 1928 his previous place of residence was listed as Midlothian, Texas which is near Dallas, Texas, the same place where his son Henry was living, and where Henry and his wife, Mattie Pearl, are now buried. Robert Anderson was a widower when he entered the home and his religious preference was Methodist. He died February 27, 1936 and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery the next day.
Source Information from: Confederate Pension Application, Confederate Home Roster, Death Certificate, familysearch.org, the National Park Service website at itd.nps.gov, and tarleton.edu.