From Joseph R. Anderson CSR, M331
Head Quarters 3d Brigade
Light Div Camp on Mills' farm
July 14th 1862
Genl S. Cooper
Adjt & Inspr General
When I offered my services to
the President I told him that I thought I had made arrangements for the
permanence of my duties at the Tredegar Works. Since then business has been so
____tinized that it has become necessary that we should put in operation Blast
furnaces in the Interior of the State, to make the pig iron for use at the
Tredegar Works. Four of these have already been started, each constituting a
heavy and responsible(?) business of itself.
In addition to this there is reason to fear that we shall
soon be without fuel unless we make arrangements to mine the coal.
Since these changes have occurred I cannot doubt as to
where I can render most service to the Country, for(?) could I do otherwise than
give my personal attention to the works, after having been notified, as I have
been, by the Gentleman left in general charge, that he cannot continue to
discharge the duties [page break]
without my personal attention.
I therefore respectfully resign my commission of Brigadier
General in the Prov. Confederate States Army.
I have the honor to be,
Your Obt Servt
Joseph R. Anderson
Brig. Genl P. A. C. S