Brevet Maj. General Nicholas Longworth Anderson (USA)

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Nicholas Longworth Anderson

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH, USA
Death: September 18, 1892 (54)
Lucerne, Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
Place of Burial: Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Larz Anderson and Catherine Anderson
Husband of Elizabeth Coles Anderson
Father of Larz Anderson III and Carl Kilgour Anderson

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About Brevet Maj. General Nicholas Longworth Anderson (USA)

Nicholas Longworth Anderson (April 22, 1838 – September 18, 1892) was a United States Army officer who served in the American Civil War as Colonel of the 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.


Anderson graduated from Harvard College and traveled in Europe. He returned to Cincinnati and was studying law when the war began. Anderson volunteered as a private in the Union Army, but soon was promoted to colonel. He served in western Virginia and in most of the major campaigns in the Western Theater. Severely wounded twice, he mustered out of the service with the regiment on June 23, 1864.

On March 13, 1865 he was Brevetted to the rank of Brigadier General and Major General of U.S. volunteers, for "gallant conduct and meritorious services in the battle of Stone's River, December 31, 1862" and for "distinguished gallantry and meritorious conduct in the battle of Chickamauga, September 19 and 20, 1863".

Following the death of his father, Anderson spent much of the remainder of his days managing the estate he had inherited from his mother. Anderson died in Lucerne, Switzerland at age fifty-four and is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati.


Nicholas Longworth Anderson, son of Larz Anderson I and Catherine (Longworth) Anderson, was the scion of two distinguished Ohio families. Through his mother, he was the grandson of Nicholas Longworth, founder of the Longworth family. On his father's side, Nicholas Longworth Anderson was the grandson of Revolutionary War veteran, Richard Clough Anderson and the nephew of three notable uncles:

Major Robert Anderson of the Battle of Fort Sumter

Charles Anderson, briefly Governor of Ohio

William Marshall Anderson

His cousin Allen Latham Anderson attained the rank of Brevet Brigadier General. Another cousin, Thomas McArthur Anderson, was a brigadier general who fought in the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War.

Wife and children

Nicholas Longworth Anderson married Elizabeth Coles Kilgour. Their son Larz Anderson III and daughter Elizabeth Kilgour Anderson were born while the couple was residing in Paris.

As a young man, their son had served as Second Secretary to the U.S. Embassy in London under Robert Todd Lincoln and then First Secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, served briefly as a captain in the Army during the Spanish-American War (without seeing combat), served as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, and finally served briefly as Ambassador to Japan in 1912-1913, during the Administration of President William Howard Taft before retiring from public service. In 1897, Larz married Isabel Weld Perkins who later edited and published The letters and journals of General Nicholas Longworth Anderson; Harvard, civil war, Washington, 1854-1892. Larz and Isabel also created the Anderson Memorial Bridge in Cambridge, Massachusetts and dedicated it to his memory.

In 1899, Elizabeth, known to friends and family as "Elsie," married Philip Hamilton McMillan of Detroit, a Yale and Harvard educated attorney who was the son of Senator James McMillan (politician) (R-Michigan). After her husband's death in 1919, Elsie established The Philip Hamilton McMillan Memorial Publication Fund at Yale University through a bequest of $100,000. The Fund continues to operate under the aegis of Yale University Press.

Civil War Union Brevet Major General. He served during the Civil War as Colonel and commander of the 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He received two brevets on March 13, 1865. being brevetted Brigadier general, US Volunteers for "gallant conduct and meritorious services in the battle of Stone's River, Dec. 31, 1862" and Major General, US Volunteers for "distinguished gallantry and meritorious conduct in the battle of Chickamauga, Sept. 19 and 20, 1863". He was the nephew of Brigadier General Robert Anderson of Fort Sumter fame, and the cousin of Brevet Brigadier General Allen Latham Anderson. (bio by: Russ Dodge)

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Brevet Maj. General Nicholas Longworth Anderson (USA)'s Timeline

April 22, 1838
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH, USA
August 15, 1866
Age 28
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
January 13, 1868
Age 29
September 18, 1892
Age 54
Lucerne, Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH, USA