“Tit For Tat” or Tip For Tap
Maybe too many of the federal contracts, a competitor upriver hired by the Confederacy built a “powder mill” 30 miles outside Atlanta, Georgia, from brochures from the Crystal Palace exhibition in London, which burned down. Some historians think the Civil War to have been shortened by a year if General Sherman had found it.
It might have been a little “tit for tat” the foundry workers were from England who were given other identities, i.e., teacher, maid, etc. since they had a law against leaving the country with the knowledge learned in the production of weapons of mass destruction. There was also signed “industrial indenture” there as a surviving document attests, some of the last in the civilized world of indentures. I think Michigan Technological University in their five years or more of fieldwork in the West Point Foundry core has shown that to be true. Reported the first “labor action” in a Federal facility perhaps it was under different circumstances not “private enterprise” in the civil war, became a federal facility.
From 1989-1994 I was in the archeology, EPA, Marathon Battery National Priority Superfund Site, below the former “Bridge Shop” of the Chicago Bridge and Steel Co., burned down in 1912, we recovered a R.P. Parrot “gun platform” on grillage was the prototype or actually “Swamp Angel” used in the incendiary bombardment of Charleston, South Carolina in 1863. The cannon exploded and was obtained by the citizens of Trenton, NJ where it still is.
“The Secret Bowling Alley” Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
It is thought by people a lot smarter than me, that this book, was written by Marion Southwood. It is a treatise against the use of children 7 or 8 years old climbing through chimneys to clean them, a very dangerous occupation, under the “chimney sweeps”. In it she also mentions “Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly” (1852) by Harriet Beecher Stowe, who once introduced to President Abraham Lincoln, he is said to have remarked, “Here’s the little lady that started the war.” There is some record of Stowe staying on what today is Bannermans Castle on Pollopel Island, I think I read in the older ephemera associated with Cold Spring, NY. The island has recently became a part of New York State Parks, the “castle” ruins from the estate built by a dealer in military surplus, the “Father of the Army-Navy store” after the US Civil War and late 19th century wars. I think I recall reading that Stowe got the idea of Eliza fleeing across ice-floes from the ice that forms there, West Point and Cold Spring, just down the Hudson River, a very short way, from her time there, as perhaps Jules Verne in 1865, for his first trip to the Moon, from the West Point Foundry, its Moon launch cannon assembled underground in Florida. Marion Southwood would later write:
originally published in 1867
paperback; 303 pages
This is an accurate eyewitness account of events in occupied New Orleans written by a true unreconstructed lady of the South. The author paints a very unflattering picture of General Benjamin Butler and shows how he earned his nickname of “The Beast.” (from The Confederate Reprint Company)