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May 26, 1847

Tredegar Iron Works (Richmond, Virginia), Records, 1847—1907, Accession 42362, Business Records Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. Tredegar Iron Works (Richmond, Virginia), Records, 1847—1907, Accession 42362, Business Records Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

J. R. Anderson Wrote to Striking Workers

Joseph Reid Anderson (1813–1892) was the superintendant of Tredegar Iron Company and president of the Armory Iron Company in 1847. He was innovative in using slave labor in skilled positions at his factories. When the white skilled workers went on strike over his hiring of slaves, Anderson fired them and filled more positions with enslaved labor. The company owned many of the slaves it employed and hired others from local owners. Despite this Anderson continued to depend heavily on white workers.