Colonel Joshua Andersen was born & raised in and around the Nebraska Territory! He grew up in the Lincoln area coming from a small town named Palmyra. Josh graduated with a history degree from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and for the first couple of years was able to work several museums across the country from Boston to San Francisco.
In March 2013, Joshua came across a recruiting station for a Civil War Reenactment group and he ended up joining the 1st Nebraska Co. A, and became a Civil War Reenactor. He started to learn to be a 19th Century soldier. It became a fascination & quickly a passion for history and trying to at least relive it as much as possible. Josh was an active member in the unit & over the years worked his way up through the ranks & eventually became Company Commander of the 1st Nebraska. The last 4 years he has been pushing the unit forward and has helped give it a new spark. He has been supportive of the Battalion and trying to help grow both organizations anyway possible
In the last seven years as a reenactor I have been to just about every reenactment the 1st was on the field for in that time. From the Gettysburg 150th, which as my first National it opened my eyes to just how big this hobby can be. To several Prairie Groves which will always be at the top of my list for fantastic events.
Josh has also has branched out into 1870s Indian War impressions but the Civil War impression will always be my home.
Colonel Anderson lives and works in Lincoln, NE with his husband Mike of 6 years. Balancing work, social, reenacting and personal life has been and always will be a challenge. But he makes a promise to Muddy River, in the coming year will be a time for growth and learning not just for myself but for the rest of the