Civil War Era Foundry
The three furnaces seen in this image were used to make various items during their time. During the American Civil War the furnaces ran 24/7 making cannon balls. We found these in a little town called Eagle Rock, Virginia near the James River and a railroad line; the two most important modes of transportation, during the era, were bateaux and railroad…
The Kanawha Canal ran along the James River from this area to Richmond and was constructed for ease of navigation to avoid the rapids along the then dam-less river. This canal served as a major route for transporting goods from Western Va. to Richmond…the capital of the confederacy.
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