Saltpeter MineEven before Tennessee joined the Confederacy in1961, officials examined the state's caves for the nitrogen-containing compound called saltpeter, and essential ingredient in gunpowder. The soil at Cumberland Caverns was ideal—saltpeter had been mined there in Henshaw Cave during the War of 1812. Nashville's Sycamore Powder Mills, the larger of two major gunpowder mills in the South, used saltpeter, charcoal, and sulfur to make gunpowder.
|Series||This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Tennessee Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 5:00pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 619169 N 3947715|
|Decimal Degrees||35.66611667, -85.68333333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 39.967', W 85° 41'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 39' 58.02" N, 85° 40' 60.00" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1437 Cumberland Caverns Rd, McMinnville TN 37110, US|
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