Sunday, December 2, 2007

Dr. Anderson, I presume?

Dr. Maurice Anderson, was the surgeon of the Independent Company of South Carolina while garrisoned at Fort Loudoun in the Overhill Cherokees, near present-day Vonore, Tennessee.

Dr. Anderson was present at the start of the French and Indian War, being at the Battle of Great Meadows (and Fort Necessity) with the Independent Company and George Washington, who was then a Colonel of Virginia militia.

Anderson was later assigned as surgeon of the troops headed to Fort Loudoun, and served there with great distinction until 1760, when he was ambushed and killed by natives who were besieging the fort.

The model for this portrait of Dr. Anderson is Sam Reed, Tennessee State Park Ranger, who often portrays Maurice Anderson during the living history programs at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area.

For a schedule of upcoming events at Fort Loudoun, and the opportunity to see Dr. Anderson in action, visit the Fort Loudoun web site at