James M. Denham


As the Second Seminole War drew to a close in the spring of 1842, Lieutenant James Willoughby Anderson prepared to leave territorial Florida for a post in the Old Northwest. Pondering his experiences and life changes since entering the territory in 1837, Anderson would have looked back on many significant accomplishments. He had helped produce an important topographical map, accumulated distinguished service commendations, and made important professional relationships certain to advance his military career.1 But most of all, Anderson would have thought of the important personal relationships forged during his four years of service in Florida: his courtship and marriage to Ellen Brown; the birth of their son; and his close personal ties to his wife's sister, Corinna, and her husband, Dr. Edward Aldrich, an army surgeon with whom he served.