Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Confederate Powder Works Chimney
AUGUSTA, GA - The Augusta Canal Authority was granted title to the Confederate Powder Works Chimney by the City of Augusta in July 2010. Money raised by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Augusta SPLOST funding  covered the costs. Repairs to the 151-year old Confederate Powder Works  Chimney wrapped up in March, 2010. The Augusta Canal Authority hired International Chimney Corporation, a New York-based firm that specializes in historic restoration, to perform the work.

The chimney, a prominent landmark on the canal’s first level, is the only extant above-ground structure built by the Confederate States of America.  It is all that remains of the CSA gunpowder “manufactory,” 28 buildings that stretched for two miles along the banks of the canal. The works supplied most of the powder for the Southern side of the Civil War.

The massive complex, built by CSA Colonel George Washington Rains, produced nearly 3 million pounds of high-quality gunpowder between 1861 and 1865. In 1872, when the abandoned powder works property was scheduled for demolition to allow the canal to be enlarged, Col. Rains asked the City of Augusta to save the chimney as a “fitting monument to the unnumbered dead who sleep on the battlefields of the South.”

The restoration included re-pointing  and replacing missing brick and repairing a crack on the west wall. The original cast-iron cap was repaired and covered to protect the interior of the chimney from water.  Cost of the project was $192,000.


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