Robert Anderson's Duty

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At age 17, Robert Anderson entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he gained a reputation as having a quiet sense of duty. Graduating 15th in a class of 37 in 1825, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. 3rd Artillery. Shortly afterward, he took leave from the military to serve as private secretary to his half brother, Richard Clough Anderson, Jr.
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