Union Navy Civil War
Interred at Cavalry Cemetery
All five of these Union sailors are buried in cemeteries around Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Pictures of each of their graves accompany the article.
Anderson served aboard the USS Crusader and the USS Keokuk during various actions in these vessels.
Carrying out his duties skillfully while serving aboard the Crusader, Quartermaster Robert Anderson, on all occasions, set forth the greatest intrepidity and devotion.
During the attack on Charleston, while serving on board the USS Keokuk, Robert Anderson was stationed at the wheel of the ship when shot penetrated the ironclad and with the scattering of iron from it, shielded the body of his commander with his body.