Skip to main content

SCOUT

Special Collections Online at UT

Adna Anderson Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3718

This collection consists of a Civil War letter and document written to B.D. Parkinson from Adna Anderson. The letter appointed Parkinson as Engineer of Repairs, United States Military Railroads, Military Division of the Mississippi. The document, titled Special Order No. 9., officially recognizes the appointment. Anderson assisted the North during the Civil War as chief superintendent and engineer of all the military railroads.

Dates

  • 1864 November 1-2

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of a Civil War letter and document written to B.D. Parkinson from Adna Anderson. The letter appointed Parkinson as Engineer of Repairs, United States Military Railroads, Military Division of the Mississippi. The document, titled Special Order No. 9., officially recognizes the appointment. Anderson assisted the North during the Civil War as chief superintendent and engineer of all the military railroads.

Biographical/Historical Note

Adna Anderson was born on July 25, 1827 in Ridgeway, New York. Anderson started his career in the railway in 1847 as a chairman on the New York and New Haven Railroad. He also worked as an assistant engineer for the Connecticut River Railroad, locating engineer for the Mobil and Ohio Railroads, and chief engineer on the Tennessee and Alabama.

When the American Civil War started, Anderson offered his services to the United States government, and was made assistant engineer and chief of the Construction Corps of the Army of the Potomac in Virginia. The following year he was appointed general superintendent of Government Railroads of the Military Division of the Mississippi. From November 1864 to July 1866, he was chief superintendent and engineer of all the military railroads.

After the war, he continued to work for the railroads, and in 1886, he was elected second vice-president of the Northern Pacific. He held that position until 1888. In 1889, he was engaged in organizing the Gordon Fire Alarm Company and the Steel Car Company.

General Anderson married Juliet C. Van Wyck,and in 1856, and the couple had six children. He died on May 14, 1889.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased by Special Collections in 2013.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480