Joseph Reid Anderson was an
iron manufacturer and Confederate army officer during the American Civil War (1861–1865). In 1848 he purchased the
Tredegar Iron Company,
the largest producer of munitions, cannon, railroad iron, steam engines, and other
ordnance for the Confederate government during the Civil War. One of Anderson's most
notable decisions was to introduce slaves into skilled industrial work at the
ironworks, and by 1864, more . . .
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