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Arming the Confederacy

How Virginia’s Minerals Forged the Rebel War Machine

  • Robert C. Whisonant

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About this book

Introduction

This is a fresh look at the American Civil War from the standpoint of the natural resources necessary to keep the armies in the field. This story of the links between minerals, topography, and the war in western Virginia now comes to light in a way that enhances our understanding of America’s greatest trial. Five mineral products – niter, lead, salt, iron, and coal – were absolutely essential to wage war in the 1860s. For the armies of the South, those resources were concentrated in the remote Appalachian highlands of southwestern Virginia. From the beginning of the war, the Union knew that the key to victory was the destruction or occupation of the mines, furnaces, and forges located there, as well as the railroad that moved the resources to where they were desperately needed. To achieve this, Federal forces repeatedly advanced into the treacherous mountainous terrain to fight some of the most savage battles of the War.

Keywords

American Civil War Civil War Minerals Cloyds Mountain Battle Confederate Lead Mines Saltville Virginia and Tennessee Railroad

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert C. Whisonant
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  1. 1.GeologyRadford UniversityRadfordUSA

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