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Archer, Edward R. (fl. 1830-1917) to friend Paddon

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01896.084 Author/Creator: Archer, Edward R. (fl. 1830-1917) Place Written: Richmond, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 December 1866 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Requesting information about the process of pressing and refining the surplus coal at the Tredegar Iron Works into a saleable product for steamers through compression into blocks that burn longer and produce more steam than unrefined bituminous coal. Archer also gives Paddon information on mutual acquaintances within associated with the Virginia Volunteer Navy. Letter also contains the interesting contention that the spirit of rivalry between North and South has grown sharper since the end of the war and that far from "harmonizing," relations between the two sections are "as mixing oil with water".

People: Archer, Edward R.
Paddon, __

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Mining, Science and Technology, Industry, Steamboat, Steam, Navy, Confederate States of America, Civil War, Military History, Reconstruction

Sub Era: Reconstruction