Aaron Anderson

Sailor, Military Person

1811 – 1886

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Who was Aaron Anderson?

Aaron Anderson or Sanderson a Union Navy sailor during the American Civil War and a recipient of America's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor.

He was born North Carolina and later lived in Pennsylvania where he worked as a cook until he joined the Navy at age 52. He was assigned to the USS Wyandank where he participated in blocking Confederate forces from getting supplies along the Potomac River. Shortly before the war ended he participated in a mission to attack a group of Confederate troops attempting to get supplies. In the process they came under heavy fire which destroyed many of their weapons and severely damaged their boats but Anderson continued firing a howitzer until they had gotten to safety. For his actions he was presented with the Medal of Honor. A short time later he left at the end of his enlistment and nothing else is known about him after he left the Navy.

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Born
1811
Plymouth
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • North Carolina
  • Philadelphia
Died
Jan 9, 1886
Philadelphia

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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