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By Helen Cannon; vetted by Kobe M. Brown; edited by Cheri Todd Molter

Bruce Anderson of Fulton County, New York, was a member of the 142nd New York Infantry, Company K. That gave him the unusual distinction of being an African-American soldier serving in a white Civil War regiment. Having earned the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Jan. 15, 1865 infantry assault on Fort Fisher (”Voluntarily advanced with the head of the column and cut down the palisading”), Anderson had to hire a lawyer to get the decoration. It was conferred on Dec. 28, 1914. After the war, he lived in Amsterdam, N.Y., married twice, and had children. He died in 1922 and is buried in Amsterdam.

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