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Ohatchee in Calhoun County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Janney Furnace

 
 
Janney Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 1, 2009
1. Janney Furnace Marker
Inscription. The furnace was constructed by Montgomery businessman Alfred A. Janney, reportedly using slaves brought from Tennessee by a "Dr. Smith." The furnace was completed and ready to produce pig iron when, on July 14, 1864, a Union cavalry raiding force of 2,300 men, led by Major General Louvell H. Rousseau, crossed the Coosa River at Ten Islands Ford in route to destroying the railroad between Montgomery and West Point, Georgia. Learning of the location of the furnace, Rousseau dispatched his Engineer Officer, Captain Ed Ruger, and a detachment to destroy the chimney of the furnace, leaving the stone structure in place. They also burned all wooden buildings intended to support operation of the furnace.
 
Location. 33° 47.694′ N, 86° 1.224′ W. Marker is in Ohatchee, Alabama, in Calhoun County. Marker is on Janney Road 0.1 miles east of Spring Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ohatchee AL 36271, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of “Ten Islands” (approx. 2.6 miles away); Fort Strother (approx. 2.7 miles away); Crook Cemetery (approx. 5.1 miles away); Lincoyer
Janney Furnace & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 1, 2009
2. Janney Furnace & Marker
(approx. 5.5 miles away); The Tallasahatchie Battle Field (approx. 5.5 miles away); Tallasseehatchee (approx. 6.8 miles away); Major John Pelham (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Birthplace of the “Gallant Pelham” (approx. 9.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ohatchee.
 
Also see . . .  Janney Furnace & Calhoun County Confederate Memorial Park. Website contains the story of Rousseau's Raid & Skirmish at Ten Island Ford. Also stories of Janney Furnace and why it was built and why it was not fully destroyed and never used again to produce iron. (Submitted on December 14, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.) 
 
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Janney Furnace image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 1, 2009
3. Janney Furnace
Top Of Janney Furnace image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 1, 2009
4. Top Of Janney Furnace
Inside of Janney Furnace image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 1, 2009
5. Inside of Janney Furnace
Inside of Janney Furnace image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 1, 2009
6. Inside of Janney Furnace
Inside of Janney Furnace image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 1, 2009
7. Inside of Janney Furnace
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,688 times since then and 7 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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