Horace “Harry” Albert Anderson – Private – DOB 9-7-1843 - DOD 11-7-1937
Frederick W. Wild age 19, (not related) author of ‘Memoirs and History of Capt. Alexander’s Baltimore Battery of Light Artillery ‘ wrote that, “the war had been going on for a year or two now and President Lincoln called for 300,000 more volunteers. There was a new awakening as to the necessity of a more vigorous effort on the part of the loyal people of the county, if the Union was to be preserved.“ As a result Frederick Wild decided to “offer his services” and volunteer. He was not alone as friends and schoolmates did the same, enough to make a gun squad. In Wild’s book he doesn’t name very many names certainly not the names of his friends that enlisted or served with him. We do know two family members that were in the same company. Frederick Miller who was drafted at the age of 50 in 1864 and in the book is mentioned as Wild’s friend. Second is Horace “Harry“ Anderson age 19 who later became Miller’s son-in-law. Wild and Anderson enlisted 10 days apart, Wild was underage and had his father sign for him which took several days. It is pretty certain that they knew each other along the journey. Horace volunteered in Baltimore with the Baltimore Battery of Light Artillery and was assigned to Alexander’s company. Horace was mustered in Aug.15, 1862 Horace participated in the defense of Williamsport, Maryland Heights, Berryville, Harper’s Ferry, Washington D.C. and the defense of Baltimore. Mustered out June17, 1865. Note: Baltimore Battery Light Artillery “Alexanders”
The last Union survivor of the Battle of Monocacy was Private Horace (Harry) Alford Anderson of the Baltimore Battery of Light Artillery. Born on September 7, 1843, Harry enlisted in the summer of 1862 when the battery was forming. He mustered out in the summer of 1865 and died November 7, 1937 at the age of 94. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Baltimore County. Interestingly, his future father-in-law was also in the Baltimore Battery, Private Fred Miller. *From National Park Service online www.nps.gov/mono/historyculture/interesting-facts.htm Note: Frederick Miller and Frederick Wild served in the “Alexanders” and is on the same roster.