{⋆★⋆} BG ARTY Anderson, Joseph R.

Joseph Reid Anderson

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Born: February 16, 1813

Birthplace: Walnut Hill Plantation, Botetourt County, Virginia

Father: Colonel William Anderson 1764 – 1839
(Buried: Fincastle Presbyterian Church, Fincastle, Virginia)​

Mother: Anne Thomas 1770 – 1830
(Buried: Fincastle Presbyterian Church Fincastle, Virginia)​

1st Wife: Sarah Elizabeth Archer 1819 - 1881
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​

Married: May 3, 1837

2nd Wife: Mary Evans Pegram 1832 – 1911
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​

Married: 1881 in Richmond, Virginia


Lt. Colonel Archer Anderson 1838 – 1918​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​
Kathleen Anderson Watson 1840 – 1863​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​
Fannie Archer Anderson Hobson 1846 – 1939​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​
Joseph Reid Anderson Jr. 1851 – 1930​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​
Lily Reid Anderson 1860 – 1865​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​
Robert Edward Lee Anderson 1863 – 1863​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​


1836: Graduated from West Point Military Academy (4th in his class)
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Occupation before War:

1836: 2nd Lt. United States Army, 3rd Artillery​
1836 – 1837: 2nd Lt. United States Army Corps of Engineers​
1837: Resigned from United States Army on September 20th
1837: Virginia State Assistant Engineer​
1838 – 1841: Chief Engineer of Valley Turnpike Company​
1841 – 1848: Engineer for Tredegar Iron Company​
1841 – 1861: Superintendent of Tredegar Iron Works​
1848 – 1892: Owner of Tredegar Iron Works​
1852 – 1855: Member of Virginia State House of Delegates​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: Brigadier General of Confederate States Infantry​
1861: Assigned to command in Wilmington, North Carolina​
1862: Reassigned to Command in Fredericksburg, Virginia​
1862: Wounded during the Battle of Frayser's Farm
1862: Resigned his rank as Brigadier General of Confederate Infantry​
1862 – 1865: Served in the Confederate War Dept. of Ordnance​

Occupation after War:

1866 – 1892: President and Owner of Tredegar Iron Company​

Died: September 7, 1892

Place of Death: Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire

Cause of Death: Cerebral Atrophy

Age at time of Death: 79 years old

Burial Place: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia

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Lt. Colonel
Member of the Year
May 18, 2011
Carlisle, PA
As head of Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, Anderson became known as the "Krupp of the Confederacy". What was meant meant by that?

Krupp was the arms manufacturer for Prussia in the decade before the Civil War. It was a huge iron and steel corporation and I suppose the comparison was being made between the two men.

Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
In July of 1862 Anderson temporarily took over command of A P Hill's Division while Hill was under arrest but resigned effective July 19, 1862 and returned to the iron works.