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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Tredegar Iron Works

 
 
Tredegar Iron Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
1. Tredegar Iron Works Marker
Inscription. By 1861 the Tredegar Iron Works were the largest in the Confederacy. The sprawling complex seen in this plan produced much of the ordnance used by the Confederate army and navy. But in 1863, a devastating fire destroyed the Crenshaw mill (site of the current visitor center) and several shops on the lower level.

As the firm rebuilt some of these facilities, a change in production occurred. Instead of casting the large cannon that required a large work force and high-grade iron ore, both of which were difficult to secure, Tredegar began producing more profitable railroad materials such as cars, axles, wheels and trucks.

After the war, Joseph Anderson and his Tredegar partners received presidential pardons and reopened the plant. Tredegarís work force now consisted of former slaves and white workers who were paid equal wages. Most of the peacetime production related to the railroad industry, but during both world wars Tredegar received lucrative military contracts to cast artillery shells. The doors closed in 1957, when some of the rolling equipment was moved to neighboring Chesterfield County where operations continued until 1986.
 
Location. 37° 32.143′ N, 77° 26.725′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Tredegar
Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
2. Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works
Street 0.1 miles west of South 5th Street. Touch for map. This marker is located behind the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Marker is at or near this postal address: 470 Tredegar Street, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cupola Furnace and Foundry (a few steps from this marker); Enterprise and Iron (within shouting distance of this marker); Toledo 1000-ton Press (within shouting distance of this marker); Company Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Raceways (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Tredegar Iron Works (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gun Foundry (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Visitor Center (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. The lower half of the panel displays a "Plan of the Tredegar Iron Works as they appeared on the eve of the fire in May 1863. The red buildings remain standing today."
 
Also see . . .
1. Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Pattern Shop image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
3. Pattern Shop
 

2. The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Joseph Reid Anderson (1813-1892) Class of 1824. West Point in the making of America (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. Tredegar Iron Works. Civil War Richmond (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
New Gun Foundry image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
4. New Gun Foundry
Tredegar Offices image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
5. Tredegar Offices
Tredegar Store image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
6. Tredegar Store
Joseph Reid Anderson, CSA image. Click for full size.
circa 1865
7. Joseph Reid Anderson, CSA
Library of Congress [LC-B813-2073B]
Tredegar Iron Works, with footbridge to Neilson's Island image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Gardner, Apr 1865
8. Tredegar Iron Works, with footbridge to Neilson's Island
Library of Congress [LC-B817- 7542]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,198 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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