Alleghany Iron for the ConfederacyAustralia Furnace, located just east of here, produced pig iron for the Tredegar Iron Works—"Ironmaker to the Confederacy"—during the Civil War. Ira and Edwin Jordan had begun constructing Australia Furnace in 1852; two years later, they put it in operation. Australia was a "hot blast" furnace that used preheated air during the process of smelting iron from ore to increase production. The technology to produce the hot blast was relatively simple, and Northern ironmasters began using it before those in the South. Cold-blast furnaces, which generally employed water-powered bellows to pump air without preheating, could not compete, and some closed in the 1850s.
|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 7:03am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 616172 N 4185591|
|Decimal Degrees||37.81033333, -79.68023333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 48.62', W 79° 40.814'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 48' 37.2" N, 79° 40' 48.84" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6309 Longdale Furnace Rd, Clifton Forge VA 24422, US|
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