Franklin Anderson (10 Jan. 1839-15 Oct. 1864)

Franklin Anderson was born in South Carolina. He was the son of Dr. Richard Anderson (1796-1861), and his wife, Abby Halstead Coble (1790-1851) of Newark, NJ. Dr. Richard Anderson was a son of Col. Richard Anderson (1752-1835), who fought in the American Revolution. The family moved to Brookville, Maryland, where they lived at the time Franklin Anderson attended the University of Virginia in session 33 (1856-1857). There he studied Latin, Mathematics, and Natural Philosophy.

Franklin Anderson became a doctor, and served as an assistant surgeon in the South Carolina Volunteers, Capt. B. A. Jeter’s Company (the Macbeth Light Artillery), a unit that was organized in the summer of 1861. In April 1864, the unit was stationed at Charleston, SC. Throughout the month of October 1864, Charleston was bombarded by the Federal forces; Dr. Franklin Anderson died in that month. He is buried in Magnolia Cemetery, in Charleston, SC.

[Note: Franklin Anderson’s birth date is taken from the U.Va. Matriculation books; his death date from the tombstone in Magnolia Cemetery.–JLC]


  • Church of the Holy Cross, Stateburg, SC. [website]
  • Heyward, Marie H., copier. Tomb Stone Inscriptions from Holy Cross Church, Stateburg, S. C.” The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Jan. 1929.
  • National Park Service. The Civil War: Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database. [database online] <;
  • South Carolina. Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers who served in organizations from the State of South Carolina. NARA 586957. Capt Jeter’s Co, Light Artillery (Macbeth Light Artillery), F. Anderson.
  • Tombstone of Franklin Anderson, Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC.
  • University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
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6 Responses to Franklin Anderson (10 Jan. 1839-15 Oct. 1864)

  1. F. Terry Hambrecht says:

    Dr. Franklin Anderson is buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC. There is a memorial to
    him on Find A Grave. It is listed as Frank Anderson. See:

    F. Terry Hambrecht, M.D.
    Senior Technical Advisor to the
    National Museum of Civil War Medicine

  2. joe elliott says:

    Dr. Franklin Anderson was the brother of my great-grandfather, Dr. William Wallace Anderson. They were both sons of Dr. Richard Anderson. The last two are buried in Stateburg, S. C.

    • joe elliott says:

      Joe Elliott again: The cemetery in which they are interred is that of the Church of the Holy Cross, Episcopal, Stateburg, S. C. Buried in Dr. Richard Anderson’s brother’s plot is Joel Roberts Poinsett, a family friend.

    • Is it possible that the remains were moved from Magnolia Cemetery to Church of the Holy Cross? There was a lot of moving remains around after the Civil War.

  3. Joseph Cantey Elliott says:

    I don’t think so. I have done much research in the old cemetery in Stateburg (Holy Cross Church), and I haven’t seen a marker for Dr. Franklin Anderson. There were lots of re-interments after the WBS, and it surprises me that Lt. General Richard H. Anderson’s remains were not removed from St. Helena’s Churchyard in Beaufort to the cemetery in Stateburg. It is surprising that J. R. Poinsett, of Charleston, buried in the Anderson family plot in Stateburg, wasn’t re-interred in Charleston.

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