Nashville Daily American
Wednesday, January 3, 1883
Death of Gen. Samuel R. Anderson
This highly esteemed and worthy citizen departed this life at his residence in Nashville at 11 o’clock a.m. yesterday. He filled, with marked ability and efficiency, many trusts, both civil and military, during his long and useful life. He was a native of Virginia, having been born in Bedford county, the 17th of February 1804, making him 79 years of age next February.
He emigrated to Tennessee about the year 1820. He married Mr. John Miller’s daughter, who died, and afterwards he married Mrs. John H. Turner, and after her death he married Mrs. Corinne Sloan, a sister of Leon Trousdale.by whom he had a son and daughter. Miss May Anderson is his only surviving child. Gen. Anderson, for many years was a farmer, very popular and successful merchant carrying on an extensive business in Gallatin, Sumner County. He was one of the Mexican veterans. He volunteered and composed one of the company commanded by Gen. William M. Blackmond, from that county. The regiment was organized in the spring of 1846 at Nashville. He was elected Lieutenant-Colonel of the First Tennessee Regiment that marched to Mexico, and at the battle of Monterey he and Gen. Campbell gallantly led their regiment on both days of that great battle and carried the fort by one of the most daring and gallant charges that adorn our military annals. Upon his return home, covered with honor, he was elected cashier of the Bank of Tennessee, which responsible position he held, and honestly and efficiently discharged his duties until he was appointed postmaster of Nashville by President Pierce. He held this position until 1861, when he in the summer of that year was elected president of the Bank of Tennessee which position he held until the commencement of the war between the States. He went with his native State and was appointed by Governor Harris a major-general; was received with the Tennesseans into the Confederate service, being appointed a brigadier general by Mr. Davis, and was assigned to service in West Virginia and elsewhere, partaking of all the hardships of war and sustaining his high reputation as a soldier. When the war was over he returned to his home like others who suffered by the devastations of the war, and lived a gentle peaceful and honorable life. He was possessed of a fine and commanding person. He was the best of companions, social and polite, a man of high learning, respecting the rights of others but firm in maintaining his own, and commanded always the respect of others. A man of strong practical sense, a fine judge of human nature and well informed generally, firm and fixed in his views and principles, yet kind and tolerant to those who differed with him. Nashville has had no man superior to Gen. Anderson as a business man, none more useful or whose death is more deeply lamented.
The citizens will have a meeting at 10 o’clock at the court-house, Nashville, this day, to take action on his death.
The following pall bearers will be at Gen. Anderson’s funeral: Gen. Bate, Judge East, John P. White, Charles Cantrell, William Benson, Mr. Hill, Henry L. Claiborne, Charles Thompson.
The funeral services of Gen. Anderson will be held at 2 o’clock.