Montgomery during the Civil War: Adept at making do

Selma, to the west of Montgomery on the Alabama River, was the Confederacy’s most important arsenal other than Richmond. However, Montgomery also had an arms industry of respectable size.

The 1861 Powder Magazine still stands in West End on Eugene Street overlooking the river. Five other important installations were Janney’s Iron Works at North Court and Randolph streets, a rolling mill that made cannon balls and metal sheathing for ships’ hulls, the Alabama Arms Manufacturing Company that produced Enfield rifled muskets, the Montgomery Arsenal that repaired weapons, and Leonard and Riddle that made saltpeter for gunpowder.

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