Readers Respond

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Letters to the Pilot

A hero remembered

To the editor:

In your article on Hall of Famer Peter T. Anderson, your saying that he was born on the 4th of July was incorrect. He was born on Sept. 4, 1847.

On the Fourth of July in 1907, he suffered a heart attack in Storm Lake and passed away on July 26, 1907.

The Newell American Legion Post 193 is going to place and dedicate a casket flag in our Avenue of Flags at our Memorial Day program for 2007. This is to honor him on the 100th anniversary of his death.

- Lloyd Galbraith, Newell

Editor's note: Indeed, we have found that several online gravesite listings for Mr. Anderson are incorrect on the dates. His Newell grave marker shows the correct dates as stated in this letter.

Private Peter Anderson was one of four soldiers who earned the Medal of Honor for personal courage in the battle at Bentonville, North Carolina, on March 19, 1865. Entirely unassisted, he brought from the field an abandoned piece of artillery and saved the gun from falling into the hands of the enemy. He was the first person named to the Pilot-Tribune's Hall of Fame list, and we thank Mr. Galbraith for the corrected information.