African-American private was a Civil War hero

Posted January 19, 2015

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— Pvt. Bruce Anderson was an African-American serving in an all-white Union regiment that landed at Fort Fisher in January 1865. Anderson volunteered to run in front of his unit, under heavy fire, carrying only an ax. He hacked a hole in the fort's thick pine fence, allowing his comrades to enter, take the hill and eventually capture the fort. Anderson eventually received the Medal of Honor.


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  • SaveEnergyMan Jan 21, 2015

    Agreed. There were many brave souls we'll never know about on both sides. We need more people like him to be the example.

  • May201861 Jan 20, 2015

    A brave man for sure. Doing most anything under fire should draw praise. I hope this man's descendents are proud that his genetic code runs in them as well.