Headstone of Charles F Anderson, a Loudoun Ranger

Headstone of Charles F Anderson, a Loudoun Ranger

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Charles F Anderson 1821-1863

Charles F. Anderson, living in Taylorstown, was a magistrate in Loudoun County, Va., on the eve of the Civil War. He enlisted in Co. A of the Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers and was mustered in on or about June 20, 1862, along with his son Flemon Anderson. He was elected Quartermaster by the men of Co. A in July. In August 1863, Anderson set up a headquarters in Lovettsville, Va., and began recruiting for a new Co. C of the Loudoun Rangers, of which he was to be the captain, as part of an effort to bring the Rangers up to battalion strength.

On November 1, 1863, while encamped on Magazine Heights, Camp Hill, at Bolivar near Harpers Ferry, Anderson slipped and fell over the Heights, about a distance of 200 feet, and was killed.

There were varying accounts of his death. His wife Mary later stated in a pension application that he "was thrown over the precipice," but nothing in the military record indicates this.Charles was buried on November 2 in Waterford, with many of his comrades in attendance.

His son was Flemon B Anderson, also a Loudoun Ranger.

(See Goodhart's History of the Loudoun Rangers, and Chamberlin and Souders, Between Reb and Yank).

Family Members

Mary Frances 1824-1887

James A. Anderson 1849-1907
Charles W. Anderson 1852-1880<
Clayton Calvin Anderson 1860-1943

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