Southern Industry

Some historians have said the Confederacy was doomed because it lacked sophisticated industry. The Augusta, Georgia, gunpowder factory shown here illustrates that point. A material called niter was needed to manufacture explosives. This ingredient could not be obtained in quantity from Southern mines. Instead, factory chemists got niter by processing the contents of chamber pots they had collected throughout Augusta. Some locals later joked that they gave "their all" for the cause.

President Jefferson Davis

Vice President Alexander Stephens

President Jefferson Davis

Vice President Alexander Stephens

Mrs. Lucy Pickens, First Lady of South Carolina .

Secretary of War George W. Randolph

Mrs. Lucy Pickens, First Lady of South Carolina .

Secretary of War George W. Randolph

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