Welcome to John B. Anderson Camp 223


 John B. Anderson, a lifelong resident of Bartholomew County, was born at Hartsville, Indiana on December 29, 1846. The son of Daniel and Margaret Anderson, he was one of ten children. The family then moved to Elizabethtown, Indiana in his early youth.

 At the age of fourteen, Anderson enlisted with the 6th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Company G on September 10, 1861, serving four years with that Company. He saw continuous action with the 6th Indiana from September 10, 1861 until he was captured on September 19, 1863. He participated in several engagements including  The Battle of Shiloh, The Siege of Corinth, Murfreesboro, Liberty Gap, and Chickamauga. 

Having been wounded in the face at Chickamauga , John Anderson was taken prisoner. Anderson was interred  in the following military prisons: Battlefield, Richmond, Virginia; Danville,   Virginia; Andersonville, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; and Florence, South Carolina. Exchanged at Charleston, on December 20, 1864, he arrived home on December 31, 1864 "as one had returned from the grave." He was discharged at Indianapolis January 23, 1865 as a private.

John B. Anderson

 John B. Anderson, a charter member of James Moffatt G.A.R. Post No. 223 at Elizabethtown, served as Post Commander from its founding on August 12, 1883. Later he served as Quartermaster. He led the reunions of Company G until just before he died on April 10, 1931. John was also a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge and took much active interest in both organizations.

 Shortly after the war, John and Laura E. Wilson were married and from this union came nine children. Laura died in 1895.

Anderson became a school teacher in the county schools for over forty years in Rock Creek and German Townships. He was also Deputy Auditor, and at one time a member of the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

 He is buried alongside of his wife Laura in Springer Cemetery, located six miles southeast of Columbus on U.S. 31. In attendance at his funeral were members of the James Moffatt Post of Elizabethtown, the Isham Keith Post No. 13 out of Columbus, and a Spanish-American War Camp.

 John Anderson had four brothers, two who severed in the Civil War.  Elridge Anderson of Hope, Indiana, a Captain in the 20th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, was wounded in the leg at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. He died on January 1, 1927. The other brother, William H. Anderson, was in the 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery. He died October 15, 1921.




Last Updated January 19, 2020