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Anderson Cockrell Erwin Little

Obituary of Ephraim McDowell Anderson, Monroe County, Missouri.

Lieut. Ephraim McDowell Anderson was born in Knoxville, Tenn., June 29, 1843, but in his youth the removed to Missouri and settled in Monroe County. In 1861 he became a member of the Missouri State Guards and served under Gen. Sterling Price in all the campaigns and battles of that service, including Carthage, Springfield, and Lexington. Early in 1862, while in winter quarters at Springfield, Mo., the first Confederate brigade was formed under command of Gen. Henry Little, who was later killed at Iuka, Miss. Lieutenant Andreson became a member of Company G, 2d Confederate Regiment, under Capt. F. M. Cockrell, later a brigadier general.

Soon after the close of the struggle between the States E. M. Anderson wrote the first history of Missouri comrades in the Confederate service; but when less than a hundred copies were ready for delivery the house of publication was destroyed by fire, and his labor of years was lost. He had been importuned in late years to replinish this history, and it was his intention to do so had his health improved. He had been ailing for many years, and in the hope of benefit he went to the Confederate Home in Higginsville for a short while in the latter part of 1915, leaving a home of opulence and plenty to mingle again with old comrades. On January 10, 1916. he quietly passed away. His funeral was attended by more than one hundred veterans, and the officiating minister was a member of his company during all the days of trial.

[From tribute by W. J. Erwin, Company E, 3d Missouri Regiment, 1st Brigade.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, April, 1916.

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