Civil War Period Salt Kettle -- Iron & Steel Museum of AL, Tannehill Ironworks State Park, McCalla AL
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N 33° 14.982 W 087° 04.267
16S E 493375 N 3678971
Quick Description: A Civil War Era Salt Kettle on display at the Iron & Steel Museum of AL, Tannehill Ironworks State Park, McCalla AL
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 8/26/2017 2:49:10 PM
Waymark Code: WMWF5T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Torgut
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Long Description:
This salt kettle was once part of an important salt works that supplied the Confederacy with salt.

A sign near the kettle reads as follows:

"CIVIL WAR PERIOD SALT KETTLE
ca 1864

[painting]
destruction of a Confederate salt factory along the Florida coast by the USS KINGFISHER, September 15, 1862 (Harper's Weekly)

Salt was a scarce commodity during the Civil War. It was used by the Confederate government not only to season food but to preserve meat to feed soldiers.

This salt kettle was used at a salt works during the war in Mobile to boil seawater. It was donated by Dolores Furr Gilly in 1998.

Salt was produced in a number of Confederate states from Virginia to Texas, either through mining, wells, or reduction of sea water. The practice was extensive all along the Florida coast in large, well-equipped lined evaporators complete with iron pans or salt kettles. Salt was so important that for a time commercial salt workers were exempt from military service.

Late in the war, salt was selling for $20 per hundred pounds in Texas."
Kind: Salt Pan

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