Post a Week 4/12/2014
As a child I didn’t know much about my family. Then a few years ago I started doing some research. My Dad I found was born in Atlanta,Georgia and my mom was born in San Antonio ,Texas. My grandparents were born in Alabama,Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi Lord knows were else. I’m mentioning all of this because the Southern United States has always fascinated me. Until I did this research I never really knew why. If it hadn’t been for my mom and dad I probably would have been born in the South. It stead of New York City were they make that Pace Picante Sauce. When people usually asks were I was born,I usually say it with a southern draw. Growing up I was always interested in the history of the United States. That brings me why I’m telling y’all this because my monument is about the South. The Civil War or as some say between the North and the South. The obelisk chimney 150 foot in the photo below is the only thing still standing from the original Augusta powder works. The original plant stretched out for two miles along the Augusta Canal. It branched off the Savannah River back to the Savannah River. The plant made gunpowder for the confederate army. It was the 2nd largest gunpowder plant in the world at the time. the buildings were torn down after the was rebuilt for a textile mill.
The Sibley cotton mill was built on the site as a private venture in 1880-82, using bricks from the demolished powder works, it one of the largest and most successful cotton mills in the region.
Powder works were seized and dismantled after the war ended, the commandant, Colonel G.W. Rains, asked in 1872, that the Obelisk Chimney be spared as he had designed it to remain a monument to the Confederacy.
The American Civil War, 1861–1865