Location of Reading Foundry, Vicksburg

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There used to be a website called Civilwaralbum.com that had photos and maps of the Vicksburg Campaign and other sites of interest. There were two foundries in Vicksburg during the war Reading and the other was Paxton.

Civilwaralbum had a photograph of an iron door frame on South St, and said it was the only remaining structure from one of the foundries...can't remember which one....

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The civilwaralbum site no longer exists but parts of the site are apparently archived at the Library of Congress....
https://webarchive.loc.gov/all/20190104052030/http://www.civilwaralbum.com/vicksburg/index.htm
 

ucvrelics

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My location is south of yours. Can you give me a source for your info? And there was another foundry in town ....
According to the 1860 Vicksburg Whig city directory the location was at Washington and First Street. In addition the book Confederate Cannon Foundries list it as that address as well. Keep in mind that A B Reading owned several buiness in Vicksburg, so these may be his office address but the CS foundry books shows it as well
 

ucvrelics

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OK so here's the 411 on the foundries in Vicksburg. Thanks to my wingman @redbob he sent me the info from the CS Cannon Foundries book as mine is at the house in Birmingham and I'm in Demop. The invoice, the book info and the map should help. The foundry that Reading bought from Mr. Gaines in the 1840's was located at Washington & 1st Street. The only other foundry at the start of the CW was A M Paxton which was located at Depot & Levee St. After the war started they built 2 other foundries located at Pearl & South street. Paxton did not cast any cannons but did a lot of finishing work for Reading and Quinby & Robinson of Memphis.

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There used to be a website called Civilwaralbum.com that had photos and maps of the Vicksburg Campaign and other sites of interest. There were two foundries in Vicksburg during the war Reading and the other was Paxton.

Civilwaralbum had a photograph of an iron door frame on South St, and said it was the only remaining structure from one of the foundries...can't remember which one....

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The civilwaralbum site no longer exists but parts of the site are apparently archived at the Library of Congress....
https://webarchive.loc.gov/all/20190104052030/http://www.civilwaralbum.com/vicksburg/index.htm
This was the A M Paxton Foundry.

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