By Joseph H. Woodward II, James R. Bennett

The traditional resource on the entire furnaces that made Alabama across the world major within the iron and metal industry.This paintings is the 1st and continues to be the single resource of knowledge 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 sooner than the onset of the nice melancholy. Woodward surveys the iron from the early, small neighborhood industry furnaces during the upward push of the iron in aid of the accomplice battle attempt, to the large the world over vital that constructed within the Eighteen Nineties. the majority of the booklet includes person illustrated histories of all blast furnaces ever developed and operated within the kingdom? furnaces that went into creation and 4 that have been outfitted yet by no means went into blast. Written to supply a list of each blast furnace inbuilt Alabama from 1815 to 1940, this publication was once commonly acclaimed and this day is still the most quoted references at the iron and metal undefined.

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The blast furnace companies of the state-of the entire South-were put under contract to supply the Confederate government. A contract was offered by the Confederacy to the Bibb County Iron Company but was refused. With the arsenal at Selma consuming almost all the iron produced, the planters were in desperate need and were willing to pay far above the government price. The Bibb Company was unwilling to sacrifice such lucrative trade on the altar of patriotism and continued to decline the Confederate contract.

The Cole Furnaces remained idle from 1910 until the World War. On Aug. 20, 1917 the plant was acquired by the Sheffield Iron Corporation. James Gayley, a former partner of Andrew Carnegie, was the head of the new company. The plant was mortgaged at this time to the Bankers Trust Co. of New York to secure a loan of $1,100,000. There was so much litigation connec~ed with the transaction that operations were not commenced until some time in early 1918. The Porter Coal Mine in Jefferson County was l~ased and the coal was coked at the company's beehive ovens at Jasper.

At the latter arsenal, the iron was rolled into armor plate and used on the farmous Confederate gun boat, Merrimac. After a continuous operation of almost 25 years, the historic Cane Creek furnace was destroyed by a party of Federal Cavalry raiders under Gen. Lovell H. Rousseau on July 14, 1864. CEDAR CREEK FURNACE (Known also as Alabama Iron Works, Old Napier) Franklin County, near Russellville 1815 the armies of Napoleon were defeated on the field of Waterloo I Nand1815a semblance of peace was restored to a war weary Europe.

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