Over the last month or so, I have been able to confirm that at least one of our ancestors fought in the American Revolution. After some communication and a possible recollection received from from a relative, Glenda Rogers, I decided to continue on my quest to see if we had any. Of particular interest was one on my Father’s side and my Morher’s side when you go back far enough who would have been fighting age at the time.

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I was emotionally overwhelmed when I saw copies from the South Carolina war archives and a sworn testimony from the 1830s. He fought as a soldier amongst many in the South Carolina Militia under the overall militia commander General Francis Marion, The Swamp Fox. The debt of gratitude we owe such men who won against virtually impossible odds opposing such a strong and determined enemy is incomprehensible.

From documentation as a militia private, he fought in numerous skirmishes and in the battle of Eutaw Springs. Eutaw Springs was one of the last major battles in the Southern Campaign which helped to force Lord Cornwallis north to Yorktown-technically a tactical defeat by some but a strategic victory which was not abnormal during the Revolutionary War. Fight and win something then withdraw to fight another day. A few weeks later, surrounded and under siege, Lord Cornwallis gave the order, at which time his subordinate surrendered to General Washington.

One can only imagine the perseverance required to continue fighting in such beleaguered circumstances. South Carolina came to be some of the most ruthless fighting of the war where neighbor against neighbor was prevalent, and the ravaging of the countryside was vicious. It would not be surprising if he would have been acquainted with the ruthless accounts of Bloody Banastre Tarleton, portrayed as Colonel Tavington in the movie The Patriot.

Joseph is buried in Thomas County Ga, and a new headstone was put at his gravesite at Friendship Baptist Church in 2017. He died at the approximate age of 90 in 1848. Though he did have a parcel in Bulloch County, GA, where I am from, it was his son John F Anderson, Sr. and grandson John F Anderson, Jr. that spent a greater portion of their lives settling there.

On my Dad’s side, with an unbroken paternal side of Andersons, the line is:

Joseph, Daniel, Moriah, Lily, Shiphrah, and Tabitha Anderson
Jeramy Anderson
Dennis Anderson
Raleigh Freeman Anderson, Jr.
Raleigh Freeman Anderson, Sr.
James Jackson Anderson
John Fitzgerald Anderson, Jr.
John Fitzgerald Anderson, Sr.
Joseph Anderson

My parents are related several generations back in the mid 1800s. Here it is from her.

Joseph, Daniel, Moriah, Lily, Shiphrah, and Tabitha Anderson
Jeramy Anderson
Jane McDonald Anderson
Gladys Kerby McDonald
Frank Kerby
Anne Jane Nevill Kerby
Mary Anderson Nevill
John Fitzgerald Anderson, Jr.
John Fitzgerald Anderson, Sr.
Joseph Anderson

Patriots as these fought on and helped to seal the freedoms that we enjoy today. Such men are not forgotten.

Soli Deo Gloria