Civil War Industrial CenterAlthough saltpeter (potassium nitrate or nitre), an essential element in the manufacture of gunpowder, had been mined at Organ Cave since the eighteenth century, the need for the mineral increased dramatically during the Civil War. Several saltpeter mines were operated in West Virginia. Confederate soldiers were detailed to operate the mine here beginning in 1861 and ultimately produced a large percentage of the saltpeter used in the production of gunpowder for the Confederate army.
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|Series||This marker is part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||West Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 2:38pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 549724 N 4174699|
|Decimal Degrees||37.71820000, -80.43580000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 43.092', W 80° 26.148'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 43' 5.52" N, 80° 26' 8.88" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 242 Organ Cave, Ronceverte WV 24970, US|
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