Cloth for Sale
— Confederate Lifeline —Former Gov. John Motley Morehead built the Leaksville cotton factory here in 1839. Water from the nearby Smith River rapids powered the stone mill. In May and June 1861, the factory furnished 1,700 yards of osnaburg (a coarse, strong cloth developed in Osnabruck, Germany, by the 16th century) for uniforms for Confederate infantry companies commanded by Capts. John H. Boyd, Thomas T. Slade, and Giles P. Bailey. That winter, the factory also made 500 twelve-man tents for the Confederate forces. Known as Sibley tents for their inventor, Gen. Henry H. Sibley, who sided with the Confederacy, they were also called "bell" tents because of their shape.
|Series||This marker is part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||North Carolina Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 5:36pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 611045 N 4040646|
|Decimal Degrees||36.50471667, -79.75998333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 30.283', W 79° 45.599'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 30' 16.98" N, 79° 45' 35.94" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 422 Church St, Eden NC 27288, US|
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