Description - Never for Want of Powder by C. L. Bragg
Lavishly illustrated with seventy-four color plates and fifty black-and-white photographs and drawings, "Never for Want of Powder" tells the story of a world-class munitions factory constructed by the Confederacy in 1861, the only large-scale permanent building project undertaken by a government often characterized as lacking modern industrial values. In this comprehensive examination of the powder works, five scholars - a historian, physicist, curator, architectural historian, and biographer - bring their combined expertise to the task of chronicling gunpowder production during the Civil War. In doing so, they make a major contribution to understanding the history of wartime technology and Confederate ingenuity. Early in the war, President Jefferson Davis realized the Confederacy's need to supply its own gunpowder. Accordingly Davis selected Col. George Washington Rains to build a gunpowder factory. An engineer and West Point graduate, Rains relied primarily on written pamphlets rather than on practical experience in building the powder mill, yet he succeeded in designing a model of efficiency and safety.
He sited the facilities at Augusta, Georgia, because of the city's central location, canal transportation, access to water power, railroad facilities, and relative security from attack. Today a lone chimney along the Savannah River stands as the only reminder of the munitions facility that once occupied that site. With its detailed reproductions of architectural and mechanical schematics and its expansive vista on the Confederacy, "Never for Want of Powder" restores the "Augusta Powder Works" to its rightful place in American lore.
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Author Biography - C. L. Bragg
C. L. Bragg is the author of Distinction in Every Service: Brigadier General Marcellus A. Stovall, C.S.A. Charles D. Ross is a professor of physics and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. He is the author of Trial by Fire: Science, Technology, and the Civil War. Gordon A. Blaker directed curatorial services at the Augusta Museum of History and is currently is a museum specialist at the National Museum of the Army Reserve in Atlanta. Stephanie A. T. Jacobe holds an M.S. in architectural history from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a contributor to Lost Virginia: Vanished Architecture of the Old Dominion.