By Joseph H. Woodward II, James R. Bennett
The traditional resource on the entire furnaces that made Alabama the world over major within the iron and metal industry.This paintings is the 1st and continues to be the single resource of data on all blast furnaces equipped and operated in Alabama, from the 1st identified charcoal furnace of 1815 (Cedar Creek Furnace in Franklin County) to the coke-fired giants equipped earlier than the onset of the nice melancholy. Woodward surveys the iron from the early, small neighborhood marketplace furnaces in the course of the upward thrust of the iron in aid of the accomplice battle attempt, to the large across the world vital that built within the Eighteen Nineties. the majority of the booklet involves person illustrated histories of all blast furnaces ever built and operated within the country? furnaces that went into construction and 4 that have been outfitted yet by no means went into blast. Written to supply a checklist of each blast furnace in-built Alabama from 1815 to 1940, this booklet used to be extensively acclaimed and this day is still essentially the most quoted references at the iron and metal undefined.
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They depended on local ore and fuel sources for their supply of raw materials and on local narrow markets for the disposal of their products. As time went on demands for iron increased, new furnaces were built, each of greater size and capacity. As in the case of many other industries, the principle of mass production asserted itself. With larger units and larger production, costs could be lowered. However, with larger furnaces, greater capital was required, wider markets had to be sought and a dependable supply of ore and fuel in much larger quantities became necessary.
11, 1861 and during the turbulence and confusion of this same year, Bibb County's second blast furnace was constructed under the leadership of C. C. Huckabee and Johnathan Newton Smith, who organized the Bibb County Iron Co. for that purpose. This furnace was two miles from the town of Ashby and little more than a mile from Short Creek. J. N. Smith contributed his knowledge and experience in the iron business and Huckabee furnished the capital and his negro slaves. This little stone stack was 36/ high and 10V2' in the bosh.
1, 1863 to Sept. 8 gross tons. Another report, dated Nov. 20, 1864, to the Chief of the Nitre and Mining Bureau states: "In one case the government furnace in Bibb County, Alabama, averaged through the month thirteen tons of iron per day, and at another furnace an average of ten tons per day was obtained for one month. " Despite the smallness of this amount, Alabama delivered to the Confederacy more iron than the rest of the Southern States combined. Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865 and the war was practically over.
Alabama Blast Furnaces (Library Alabama Classics) by Joseph H. Woodward II, James R. Bennett