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Nicholas Longworth Anderson

Nicholas Longworth Anderson
Nicholas Longworth Anderson
Born (1838-04-22)April 22, 1838
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died September 18, 1892(1892-09-18) (aged 54)
Lucerne, Switzerland
Place of burial Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861–65
Rank Major General
Commands held 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

American Civil War


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. After the Civil War, he was nominated and confirmed for appointment to the brevet grades of brigadier general and major general of volunteers.


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 December 18, 1867, President Andrew Johnson nominated Anderson to receive a brevet (honorary promotion) to the rank of brigadier general of Volunteers to rank from March 13, 1865 for "gallant conduct and meritorious services in the battle of Stone's River, December 31, 1862" and the U.S. Senate confirmed the brevet on February 14, 1868.[1][2] On December 19, 1867, President Johnson nominated Anderson for the award of the grade of brevet major general of U.S. volunteers, also to rank from March 13, 1865, for "distinguished gallantry and meritorious conduct in the battle of Chickamauga, September 19 and 20, 1863" and the U.S. Senate confirmed this brevet, also on February 14, 1868.[2][3]

General Anderson was a veteran companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS). His son, Larz Anderson, became an hereditary member of MOLLUS. Both father and son were also members of the Sons of the Revolution.

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.[4] 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:

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.

See also



  • The Political Graveyard, "Society of the Cincinnati"
  • Anderson Memorial Bridge
  • Spring Grove Cemetery

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