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Tredegar Iron Works

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Joseph Reid Anderson (18131892)
CLASS OF 1824

A year after graduation, Anderson married Sally Archer, daughter of the post surgeon at Fort Monroe, Virginia. Seeking better prospects than army life promised, he resigned to work as a civil engineer with Virginia State Engineer Claude Crozet, onetime West Point professor of engineering (1817–1823).

In 1841 Anderson joined the Tredegar Iron Company in Richmond, eventually becoming its owner. By 1860 the foundry was one of the nation’s largest, producing locomotives, boilers, cables, naval hardware, and cannon. When war came, it emerged as the industrial heart of the Confederacy.

Using slave and free labor, Anderson supervised ordnance and munitions production through most of the war. When Richmond fell in 1865, the federal government confiscated the company, but Anderson regained control in 1867 and remained a prominent Virginia businessman.


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