Remember This Building?

SIBLEY MILL on the canal in Augusta GA

SIBLEY MILL on the canal in Augusta GA

Remember this picture from an earlier post?  It’s called Sibley Mill and was built next to a canal in Augusta GA on a site previously occupied by the Confederate Powderworks.

The Powderworks building was the only permanent structure erected by the Confederates during the Civil War in the year 1862 to solve their gunpowder shortage.  It’s length was 2 miles long next to the canal, with raw materials entering in the first of 26 buildings and exiting as gunpowder.  They made 7000 lbs of gunpowder per day and had 70,000 lbs leftover at the end of the war in 1865 when the plant was ordered shut down.

Demolition of the building was ordered by the U.S. government but the smokestack was left as a memorial to the soldiers of the Confederacy.  By 1880, Sibley Mill had begun with half a million bricks bought from the demolished Powderworks at $5 per 1000.   The Mill was designed to resemble the Powderworks with a castle-like fortress appearance.  Two towers were built to house a bell and a water tank.   The center of each wing building has the colorful coat of arms of the Sibley Family.

Sibley Mill produced fabric.  It’s opening yield was disappointing and new machinery was added in 1884.  It had 35,136 spindles and 672 looms.  Over 2 million pounds of cotton were used in 1883 but eleven years later in 1894, over 8.5 million pounds were used.  That’s a lot of cotton.

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