b. 12/07/1841 Centre County, Pennsylvania. d. 08/09/1912 Pennsylvania.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 08/04/1865 Appomattox Station, Virginia.
Born on July 12, 1841, Thomas A. Anderson was a native of Washington County, Pennsylvania. On November 18, 1861, at the age of 20, Thomas A. Anderson enrolled for military service at Wheeling, West Virginia. He then officially mustered in for duty with Company I of the 1st West Virginia Cavalry. Thomas was heavily involved in numerous battles with the West Virginia Cavalry over the course of 1863-1865. It was during the Spring of 1865 he performed the action which led to the award of the Medal of Honor on May 3rd. While fighting as a corporal with the 1st West Virginia Cavalry in the Battle of Appomattox Station on April 8, he captured the flag of a Confederate States Army regiment. He was then also present with his regiment for the Battle of Appomattox Court House (April 9).
Sometime around 1866, following his honorable discharge from the military, Anderson married. He and his wife, Margaret (1843-1933), a fellow Pennsylvania native, then became the parents of: Elizabeth Ann (c. 1867-1872), Abram (b. January 1874), Sarah (b. August 1877), Lucinda (1876-1863), and Ida (1883-1969), all of whom were also natives of Pennsylvania.
By 1900, Anderson and his son, Abram, were farming their family’s land in West Bethlehem Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Also residing with them were Thomas Anderson’s wife, Margaret, and their other children: Sarah, Lucinda, and Ida.
Anderson died at his home in Amwell Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania on September 8, 1912, and was buried at the Ten Mile Dunkard Church Cemetery in Lone Pine, Pennsylvania.
Capture of Confederate flag.
BURIAL LOCATION: DUNKARD CEMETERY, LONE PINE, PENNSYLVANIA.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: BELIEVED TO BE FAMILY.