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Ironmaker to the Confederacy: Joseph R. Anderson and the Tredegar Iron Works Hardcover – October 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Virginia State Library; 2 edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884901904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884901907
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the author is talented and the book designer inspired, the result is very agreeable." -- Virginia Quarterly Review <br /><br />"Effectively arranged and, most gratifying, presneted in a singularly easy prose style ... [a] first-rate industrial history." -- American Historical Review <br /><br />"Makes a solid contribution to an understanding not only of the rise and fall of the Confederacy..." --Journal of American History

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Charles B. Dew is professor of history at Williams College and author of Bond of Iron: Master and Slave at Buffalo Forge.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Fonteyne on December 23, 2003
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This book is the history of the biggest iron works that existed within the territory of the ill-fated Confederate States of America, focusing on the period of the Civil war (1861-1865).
The Tredegar Iron Works were largely the creation and the "thing" of Joseph Reid Anderson, a West Point graduate, and the course of their respective lives are difficult to separate. However this book is not a biography of Anderson but a complete industrial history of the company before ( it was created in the 1840s as a partnership), during and after the Civil War ( it still existed when the author wrote his book, in the 1960s, but what about 2003 ?). It examines in detail the questions of markets, production, transport, political lobbying, finance, labour force and raw materials, i.e all the practical aspects of the company's life. The contents are largely qualitative rather than quantitative; this is not "economic history" in this meaning of the word but "industrial history"; numbers illustrate the subject as much as other material, they are not the subject.
The author was able to draw upon an extremely extensive documentation on all those aspects, which contributed enormously to the outstanding quality of the work.
As said before, the status of Tredegar as the biggest if not the only sizable iron works in the South in 1861 give its history a special meaning. The Tredegar made nearly all the large guns that were used by the confederacy and were not either imported through the blockade ( a limited portion only) or captured from the US army ( essentially in the first two years of the conflict). It also made the armour for the famed Ironclad CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimac).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Cooke on January 9, 2007
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Comprehensive, well-written resource on the Tredegar Ironworks. A must for anyone interested in iron production in 19th century Virginia & more specifically Tredegar Ironwork's role in the Confederacy. A great book for those interested in Richmond history.
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An exce,,emt book. Lives up to being listed in "In TallerCotton" as one of the best more modern books about the Confederacy.
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Excellent research and a nice writing style that makes the material seem especially interesting. It presents the epic American Civil War through the daily workings of the South's industrial giant.
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A long but detailed look into one of the primary foundaries in the Confederacy. A good read if you're interested in such.
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