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Near Leesburg in Cherokee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Round Mountain Iron Furance

 
 
Round Mountain Iron Furance Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Angela Nichols, September 11, 2019
1. Round Mountain Iron Furance Marker (side 1)
Inscription.  

(side 1)
Driven by steam power, it was an important source of Confederate iron during the Civil War for the Noble Brothers Foundry in Rome, Georgia and the C.S. Naval Gun Foundry at Selma, Alabama. During the war it was leased by the firm of Daugdrill & Creigher.

Twice attacked by federal troops led by Col. Abel D. Steight in 1863 and Maj. Gen. Francis B. Blair in 1864, it was rebuilt and enlarged in 1874 and 1888. The plant was permanently closed in December, 1906.
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Construction of the Round Mountain Furnace began in 1849 at the site of the Milner Forge directly downhill. Moses Stroup and Wilson Nesbitt incorporated the Alabama Mining & Manufacturing Co. a year later. In its first year it produced 2½ tons of iron for kettles, skillets and foundry products.
Round Mountain Iron Furance Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Angela Nichols, September 13, 2019
2. Round Mountain Iron Furance Marker (side 2)
Employing 45 workers, the ore was taken from the side of the mountain.

The plant was sold to Samuel P.S. Marshall in 1855 and a few years later to J.M. Elliott. Badly damaged during the Civil War, it was rebuilt in 1874 and 1888 reaching peak production of 6,500 tons per year when much of its iron was used for railroad car wheels.
 
Erected 2011 by Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission.
 
Location. 34° 12.833′ N, 85° 41.317′ W. Marker is near Leesburg, Alabama, in Cherokee County. Marker is on County Route 48 0.2 miles south of County Route 600, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cedar Bluff AL 35959, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Railway (approx. 2.1 miles away); Hatcher School (approx. 3.8 miles away); Mose Hampton 1808-1885 (approx. 4.1 miles away); John Johnathan Pratt (approx. 4.2 miles away); Cherokee County Courthouse (approx. 4.3 miles away); Cherokee County's Beginnings (approx. 4.3 miles away); Jordan Big Store (approx. 4.3 miles away); Cherokee County Historical Museum (approx. 4.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
Round Mountain Iron Furance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Angela Nichols, September 11, 2019
3. Round Mountain Iron Furance Marker
Weiss Lake/Coosa River in the distance.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2019, by Angela Nichols of Centre, Alabama. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on September 11, 2019, by Angela Nichols of Centre, Alabama.   2. submitted on September 13, 2019, by Angela Nichols of Centre, Alabama.   3. submitted on September 11, 2019, by Angela Nichols of Centre, Alabama. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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