Henry Andersen Anderson (Horne) (1843 - 1862)

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Nicknames: "Henrich"
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Birthplace: Øvre Eiker, Buskerud, Norge
Death: Died in Bowling Green, KY, USA
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About Henry Andersen Anderson (Horne)

In the 1860 US Census Henry was living with his brother's (Nels Anderson) family in Winneconne, Winnebago County, Wisconsin. He participated in the American Civil War - WI 15th Inf Co D. Residence: Butte Des Mortes, Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Civil War: Age 18. Enlisted for three years on 25 Nov 1861 at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Mustered 8 Dec 1861 at Madison, Wisconsin. Private. Promoted to Corporal on 1 May 1862. Died of disease at Bowling Green, Kentucky, 4 Dec 1862. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 boxes 76-6, 78-3; red book vol 20 p 56) (Ager p300) (Meeker).

The Fifteenth Regiment was recruited mostly from the Scandanavian population of the State, and was organized at Camp Randall, Madison, its muster into the United States service completed on the 14th of February, 1862, and it left the State for St. Louis on the 2d of March. On the 20th of July, the 15th proceeded to Jacinto, where they were assigned to Colonel Carlin's brigade, of General Jeff. C. Davis' division, reaching Florence, Ala., on the 24th of August.

On October 3, 1862 Company D of the Fifteenth Regiment with a large force of Union soldiers found a total Confederate force of about 22,000 men advancing to the attack Corinth. Corinth contained an equal number of Federal troops and was encircled by a double ring of fortifications backed by artillery. In some of the most vicious fighting of the war (known as the Battle of Perryville, Ky. & the Battle of Chaplin Hills), the Confederate advance actually broke through to the town itself but were outflanked and a Union counterattack quickly drove them back out with heavy losses. A continuation of the fight on October 4 produced no gains for the Confederates and Confederate retreated. Almost trapped by the Union (Rosecrans') pursuit and a converging Federal column ordered out by Grant, the Confederate (Van Dorn's) forces suffered well over 4,000 casualties to Federal losses of 2,500. The western flank of the Confederate (Bragg's) offensive campaign had suddenly collapsed. Colonel Heg (commanding the 15th),wrote a letter home, "On top of a hill we formed in line. From here I could see the whole Battle field at a time when it was raging the hardest. It was a sight I shall never forget."

The WI 15th Inf Co D was involved in this battle. The 15th then proceeded down the Cumberland River about fifty miles (November 15-20), and succeeded in capturing about fifty prisoners, and a large number of horses, mules and wagons. After this the 15th proceeded to Edgefield Junction and Nashville.

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Henry Anderson's Timeline

1843
January 7, 1843
Øvre Eiker, Buskerud, Norge
February 5, 1843
Eiker, Buskerud, Norway
1862
December 4, 1862
Age 19
Bowling Green, KY, USA