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Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond

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The Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, Virginia, was the biggest ironworks in the Confederacy during the American Civil War, and a significant factor in the decision to make Richmond its capital.
Tredegar supplied about half the artillery used by the Confederate States Army, as well as the iron plating for CSS Virginia, the first Confederate ironclad warship, which fought in the historic Battle of Hampton Roads in March 1862. The works avoided destruction by troops during the evacuation of the city, and continued production through the mid-20th century. Now classified as a National Historic Landmark District, the site serves as the main visitor center for the Richmond National Battlefield Park.
The name Tredegar derives from the Welsh industrial town that supplied much of the company’s early workforce.
Founding (1836–1841)In 1836, a group of Richmond businessmen and industrialists led by Francis B. Deane, Jr. set about to capitalize on the growing railroad boom in the United States. The group hired Rhys Davies, then a young engineer, to construct a new facility, brought a number of his fellow iron workers from Tredegar, Wales, to construct the furnaces and rolling mills. The foundry was named in honor of the town of Tredegar, where iron works of the same name were constructed in the early 19th century. The new works opened in 1837, yet the Panic of 1837 and accompanying downturn resulted in hardship for the new company. Davies died in Richmond in September 1838 from stab wounds sustained in a fight with a workman and was buried on Belle Isle in the James River.
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  • Interesting US National Park Museum about this factory used before and after the Civil War. Small amount of machines around to view. Educational center about Richmond role in Civil War.  more »
  • To be able to go down and enter a building that has been there for so long and see how they present the history is amazing. And for all the things that are very close by that you can see. It is nice t...  more »
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  • Beautiful place!!! So much history in every corner and the artifacts are awesome. If you're looking to learn lots and lots about the battles and historical places, find Bob Talbot. He's a gentleman who volunteers there and he has so much knowledge and is a great story teller. Will be coming back!!!!
  • So much history in one spot. I've been in the Hampton Roads area my whole life, but I had never been here till recently. It was an awesome learning adventure!
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