G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA.
19th MAINE VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 8/25/61 Bath, ME
Mustered Out: 5/31/65
A large number of the men in this three- year regiment came from the mid states, coastal and near coastal counties of Sagadohoc, Waldo, Know, and Kennebec. During Pvt. Anderson’s tenure the 19th saw an unusual amount of active service.
In addition to innumerable skirmishes, it was engaged in the battles of Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, Bristoe Station, Gettysburg, The Wilderness (where its losses were severe along the Jerusalem Rd.) and Petersburg. At Petersburg the unit was, night and day, exposed to artillery and sharpshooter fire.
Residence: Richmond, ME Age: 25 yrs.
Enlisted: 8/25/62 Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 8/25/62
Transferred: 12/15/64 to Veteran Reserve Corps
Discharged: 5/31/65 Bailey’s Crossroads, VA.
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Joseph “Willard” Anderson was born in Richmond, Maine in April, 1837 to John and Elizabeth (Goodrich) Anderson. He was one of eleven children. Information is not available on his early years.
During the Petersburg, VA fighting of 6/15/64 Pvt. Anderson was wounded. While there are no details on the nature of his injuries they were serious enough that, in mid December, 1864, he transferred to the Veteran’s Reserve (A.K.A. Invalid) Corp, a branch of the service created to make suitable military/semi-military use of soldiers rendered unfit for active field service due to wounds or disease.
It appears Willard’s father moved to Snohomish Co. in 1883 with six of his sons, Willard, Charles, Benjamin, Columbus, John and Fred. The family was the first to locate in Granite Falls. The unmarried Willard later settled in Snohomish City where he was involved in the logging industry.
Willard died 12/2/03 following a short illness. At the time of his death, just shy of his sixty fourth birthday, he was described as “a well know and popular citizen.” Willard’s youngest brother, Fred, was Mayor of Snohomish at the time of his eldest brother’s passing.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic
Lake Forest Park, WA
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