Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Colonel John Anderson, US Topographical Engineers

More information about John Anderson, an early graduate of West Point who served in the War of 1812 as well as in the Topographical Engineers after the war.
(Born Ct.)


(Ap'd Vt.)

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, Oct. 9, 1806, to Dec. 9, 1807, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to
Second Lieut., Reg. of Artillerists, Dec. 9, 1807.

Served: in garrison at Atlantic posts, 1807‑11.
Resigned, May 1, 1811.

Re-appointed in the Army with the rank of
First Lieut., 19th Infantry, July 6, 1812.

Served: in the War of 1812‑15 with Great Britain, in the Campaign of 1812 in Michigan Territory, becoming a prisoner of war, Aug. 16, 1812,
(Captain, 19th Infantry, Mar. 16, 1813)

(Bvt. Major, Staff — Top. Engineer, Apr. 12, 1813)

on the Surrender of Detroit, — and in the Campaign of 1814, as Chief Top. Engineer on the Staff of Major-General Izard; in exploring Northwestern and Western Territory, 1815; on the Survey of Lake Champlain, etc., 1815‑16; in constructing Military Road from Detroit, Mich., to Maumee River, 1817; and on Survey of Sites for Fortifications on the
(Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, Apr. 12, 1823,
for Faithful Service Ten Years in one Grade)

New England Coast, 1826‑29, — of Hudson River, 1829, — of Taunton and Weymouth Canal, Mas., 1833, — and of the Shores of the Northwestern Lakes, 1834.
Died, Sep. 14, 1834, at Detroit, Mich.: Aged 54.