Arming the Confederacy: How Virginia’s Minerals Forged the by Robert C. Whisonant

By Robert C. Whisonant

This is a clean examine the yank Civil battle from the point of view of the traditional assets essential to hold the armies within the box. This tale of the hyperlinks among minerals, topography, and the warfare in western Virginia now involves mild in a fashion that boosts our realizing of America’s maximum trial. 5 mineral items – niter, lead, salt, iron, and coal – have been totally necessary to salary struggle within the 1860s. For the armies of the South, these assets have been centred within the distant Appalachian highlands of southwestern Virginia. From the start of the warfare, the Union knew that the most important to victory used to be the destruction or career of the mines, furnaces, and forges situated there, in addition to the railroad that moved the assets to the place they have been desperately wanted. to accomplish this, Federal forces many times complex into the treacherous mountainous terrain to struggle the most savage battles of the struggle.

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