Samuel Read Anderson

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Samuel Read Anderson was born in Bedford County, Virginia, on February 17, 1804. Emigrating at an early age to Kentucky, he later removed to Tennessee, first residing in Giles and Sumner counties, and later settling permanently in Davidson County. During the war with Mexico he was second in command, as lieutenant colonel, of the 1st Tennessee Infantry. Before the Civil War he was for some time cashier of the old Bank of Tennessee and for eight years postmaster of Nashville. Appointed by Governor Harris as a major general of Tennessee state troops in 1861, he was on July 9 of the same year commissioned brigadier general in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States, and participated in the Western Virginia campaign under General Robert E. Lee and in the Peninsular campaign. Resigning in the spring of 1862 because of ill health, General Anderson was reappointed to the rank of brigadier by President Davis to rank from November 7, 1864. From that time until it was abolished, he was in charge of the bureau of conscription for the state of Tennessee, with headquarters at Selma, Alabama. After the war the general engaged in the mercantile business in Nashville, where he died, January 2, 1883, and where he is buried in the Old City Cemetery.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.