By Dr. James Sanders Day Ph.D.
James Sanders Day is an assistant vice chairman for educational affairs and an affiliate professor of background on the college of Montevallo. A 1979 graduate of the USA army Academy, Day has taught heritage at West element, Marion army Institute, Judson university, and Auburn University-Montgomery. the writer of a number of magazine articles on comparable issues, this is often Day’s first publication.
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14 Orders continued in spite of political and economic uncertainty. As cold weather became imminent, customers sought to ensure that they had sufficient heating coal for the winter. Activity increased for Browne as well as for the ACMC. Baker commented that “the competition will now be in the quality of coal. . ” Furthermore, he encouraged Browne to sustain his supply of coal lest ACMC agent Ellsberry absorb part of their Selma market. Realizing that regaining customers once lost would be difficult at best, Baker coaxed Browne by deeming it Mining and Mapping Coal / 29 “unfortunate that we are out of coal.
Every effort must be made to get coal forward. ”39 Margaret also remained involved in this process. While Baker worked to obtain rail cars and transport them to Montevallo and Browne canvassed Selma, Montgomery, and Mobile for customers, Margaret managed affairs at home and Discovering and Marketing Coal / 17 at the mines. 40 By the first of the year (1857), prospects for success looked more promising. On the day after New Year’s, Baker informed Browne that he could not compile an account for the initial coal shipment.
Working feverishly to continue production, maintain sales, and collect outstanding debts, the pair struggled to preserve their enterprise. After receiving a letter pervaded with criticism from Browne, Baker responded: “We have sen[t] out good coal, but you have sent a good deal of bad coal by carloads. . ”17 Browne did not make other arrangements, and Baker soon became caught up in the wartime excitement. Apparently residents of Selma were in an uproar. J. Weaver) in an additional 1,200 acres, a 200-acre home place near Wilton, a bloomery or forge named “Brighthope” in Bibb County, and eleven slaves valued at $10,000.