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Anderson, Joseph R. (Joseph Reid), 1813-1892


Biographical Note

Joseph R. Anderson (1813-1892) was a Confederate Brigadier General during the American Civil War. He gained his commission by attending the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, where upon graduation he was assigned as an officer for the 3rd United States Artillery. While with the unit, he was recognized for his engineering capabilities and then was transferred to the Army Corps of Engineers. Realizing he would be better suited to work in engineering outside the military, Anderson left the army to become chief engineer at Valley Turnpike Company and later the Tredgar Iron Company in Richmond, Virginia. He offered his services to the Confederacy when the American Civil War broke out in 1861 and commanded forces in Willmington, North Carolina and led forces against the Union during the Penninsula Campaign in 1862.

External sources:

"Joseph Reid Anderson",, accessed on June 5, 2023.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Joseph R. Anderson Letters

Identifier: Ms-2023-037

The Joseph R. Anderson Letters contain correspondence to Dr. Francis T. Stribling, the head of the Western Lunatic Asylum in Staunton, Virginia for bedposts, and James T. Ames Esq., the agent for Ames Manufacturing Company in Chicopee, Massachusetts regarding orders.

Dates: 1860 - 1861