Cornwall Furnace

Cornwall Furnace (HMRGN)

Location: Cedar Bluff, AL 35959 Cherokee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 14.813', W 85° 35.319'

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The Confederate States of America in 1862 commissioned the Noble Brothers of Rome, Georgia to erect a cold blast furnace to produce needed pig iron from the war effort.

The skilled labor was detailed from Confederate army personnel. It is estimated that 1000 laborers were employed in building the canal, tunnel and mining brown hematite rock used in building the furnace in less than a year.

The furnace output was small (6 tons daily) but an important asset to the Confederacy in building cannon, carriage and caisson. Some of the first military equipment used in the war was made from Cornwall Iron.

The life of Cornwall was relatively short lived - Gen. Sherman occupying Cedar Bluff and Gaylesville ordered the furnace destroyed in 1864 and on two occasions sent detachments for this purpose but the furnace still stands - perhaps the best preserved stack in the Southeast.

The furnace was put back in operation in 1867 but blown out forever in 1875.
Year Placed1976
Placed ByCherokee County Historical Society / Cherokee County Soil and Water Conservation District
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 8:47pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 629961 N 3790431
Decimal Degrees34.24688333, -85.58865000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 14.813', W 85° 35.319'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 14' 48.78" N, 85° 35' 19.14" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1001-1099 Cherokee County 714, Cedar Bluff AL 35959, US
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