Brierfield in Bibb County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
On the morning of 31 March 1865, Union General James H. Wilsonís 10th Missouri Cavalry wrecked these furnaces and a rolling mill 2 ½ miles east. After the Civil War, former Confederate Ordnance Bureau Chief Josiah Gorgas (later Vice-Chancellor of the University of the South at Sewanee and President of the University of Alabama) acquired the works from the United States Freedmanís Bureau. The Brierfield Iron Works Company was organized, and after extensive repairs, the furnaces reopened. These efforts failed and in 1869 the furnaces and rolling mill were leased to Thomas S. Alvis, a Gorgas subordinate, whose business collapsed during the Panic of 1873. The furnaces remained idle until 1881.
Thomas Jefferson Peter, the former general manager of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, organized the Brierfield Coal & Iron Company and operated the works through most of the 1880s while
Marker series. This marker is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces marker series.
Location. 33° 2.346′ N, 86° 56.907′ W. Marker is in Brierfield, Alabama, in Bibb County. Marker is on Furnace Road (County Road 62) south of Montevallo Road (State Route 25). Touch for map. Marker is located in the Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park near the ruins of the furnaces. Marker is at or near this postal address: 240 Furnace Parkway, Brierfield AL 35035, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hayes-Morton House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sunshine & Dorothy Morton House (about 800 feet away); Bibb Naval Furnaces Brierfield Furnaces (approx. 0.4 miles away); Absalom Pratt House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Six Mile Male & Female Academy Site Site of Six Mile Male And Female Academy (approx. 4 miles away); Town of Wilton (approx. 4.7 miles away); Piper / Coleanor (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brierfield.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil •
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