Boswell Preston Anderson (13 Aug 1847-25 Aug. 1919)

Boswell P. Anderson was born in Albemarle County, Virginia, the son of Richard G. (b. ca. 1805) and Susan A. Anderson (b. ca. 1815). He enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1863, at the age of 16, and served as a private in Company D of the 43rd Virginia Cavalry, under the command of Col. John S. Mosby.

Anderson attended the University of Virginia in sessions 43-44 (1866-1868), and then attended the Washington Medical School in Baltimore, MD, where he graduated in 1869. In 1872 he settled in Colorado Springs, CO, where he became the Chief Surgeon and Physician to the Colorado State School for the Deaf and Blind. He opened the Colorado Midland Railway Clinic for railroad workers in Colorado Springs, and held the position of Chief Surgeon, and later that of Consulting Surgeon, of the Colorado Midland Railroad. The Railway Clinic led to the founding of St. Francis Hospital, which he served as President, and he also founded the Glockner Sanitarium, at which he was Surgeon in Charge. He was considered one of the foremost lung specialists of the time. He also served on the School Board of El Paso County, CO, and was active in the Colorado State Medical Society and the American Medical Association, among others. (Barringer)

On 2 Jan. 1879, Dr. Anderson married Sarah Jane Durkee (1856-1940) of St. Louis, Missouri, and the couple had six children: Laura Barclay, Margaret Preston, and Eleanor Anderson, who survived to adulthood, and Boswell Preston Jr., Ethel, and Preston Durkee Anderson, who died young. Boswell P. Anderson died of angina pectoris at the age of 72, and is buried with his wife and three of his children, at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs, CO.

[N.b. Dr. Anderson’s tombstone gives the birthdate 13 Aug. 1845. All other references give the date 1847. — JLC]

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3 Responses to Boswell Preston Anderson (13 Aug 1847-25 Aug. 1919)

  1. Dianne says:

    would you like a picture of his tombstone? I’m the director the Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society and Mr. Anderson’s tombstone is one of my favorites?

  2. Richard Hazen Galliher, Jr. (Rick) says:

    Boswell Preston Anderson was one of my great-grandfathers. His oldest surviving daughter (Laura Barclay Anderson Dallett) was my maternal grandmother. She, and her surviving sisters Margaret and Eleanor, are with their other siblings (who died young) and Bosey (as his surviving daughters called him) and Sarah Jane. I am currently reading about Mosby, and since we now live in Middletown Maryland, know of all the places that the Grey Ghost and his men scouted and raided over 150 years ago. My Granny (Laura) used to talk about him, and she and my great aunts would mimic his Virginia accent (talking about “befoah the woah”) – sorry that I never knew him. My mother, born in 1918 didn’t remember him, and her older sister (also now at Evergreen) had only vague memories. I have a bunch of pictures of my Aunt Sally’s memorial at Evergreen, from September 2001 (just before 9/11). Sally = Sarah, named for her grandmother, Sarah Jane Durkee. I also have portraits of Sarah Jane Durkee’s parents, Dwight Durkee and Sarah Jane Davis Durkee.

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