did in glowing and earnest terms, which I cannot repeat except in their substance.
This, however, was impressed indelibly upon my mind, and I believe I can state it with exactness.
To those of you who are not personally acquainted with Governor Anderson
, I will state that he is a son of Colonel Richard C. Anderson, Sr.
, an old Revolutionary soldier of abilities and reputation, one of the early pioneers of the State of Kentucky
, and who settled in Jefferson county
in the year 1783.
was also a brother of General Robert Anderson
, the hero of Fort Sumter
Long before Robert Anderson
's views were known or his position taken on behalf of the Union
cause, Charles Anderson
, then a resident of Texas
, had proclaimed himself an uncompromising Union man, and suffered imprisonment at the hands of the Confederate
authorities in Texas
for some time and until his escape by flight into and through Mexico
He took up his residence in Ohio
, was elected Lieutenant Governor
, and became Governor of Ohio
by the death of Governor Brough
Now to my story.
Prior to 1860 Governor Anderson
had been upon intimate terms both with General Scott
and with General (then Colonel
) Robert E. Lee
He was a delegate at large from the State of Ohio
in the convention which nominated General Scott
for the Presidency, and largely contributed to that nomination.
In the fall of 1860 General Scott
, the commander of the army of the United States, was at Washington city
. Colonel Lee
, in command of his regiment, was stationed in Texas
living at San Antonio, Texas
. General Twiggs
was in command of the military department of Texas.
On November 20th, 1860, Governor Anderson
had made a speech at a secession meeting at the Alamo
, opposing secession, and announcing his own purpose of adherence to the Union
cause to the end. Shortly after that time, General Scott
, having learned his position on national affairs, prepared and sent to him a paper, partly military and partly political.1