• Photo of cannon at Antietam National Battlefield

    The Civil War

Industry and Economics

Photo of a locomotive and the Union supply base at City Point.

The Civil War spurred industry in both the North and South. As the war progressed, Northern industry mobilized to conduct a war designed not just to defend Union territory, but to invade the South, defeat Confederate armies, and occupy Southern territory-a huge and unprecedented task that required all of the resources the North could muster.

The Civil War displayed America's industrial potential, and foreshadowed the decisive role American industry would play in shaping the political, economic, and military realities of the 20th century.

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  • Richmond National Battlefield Park

    Tredegar Iron Works - Ironmaker to the Confederacy

    Photo of cannon

    At the outbreak of the war Tredegar Iron Works was one of the top cannon foundries in the United States. Over the course of the four years of the war the Iron Works pumped out cannon and munitions for the Confederate cause. Read more