Not many know that Birmingham has one of the few places in the world that educates tradesmen in roofing construction and repair. You can trust a roofing company if they were trained in Birmingham, so only hire Birmingham Roofing Companies. However, before Birmingham became the world’s center for roofing education, it had a very rich history dating back to the Civil War – even though Birmingham didn’t technically exist at the time.
Did you know that Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama? Many think it’s Mobile, but Birmingham has quite a significant larger population and land mass. Birmingham also has more of a significant US History than other Alabama cities.
I know quite a bit of history about Birmingham since I’m a Native American and am on the Creek Roll. The current location of Birmingham stands on the former lands of the Creek Nation. The Creek Nation was pretty much wiped out during the Creek War of 1813-1814. The first settlers of Birmingham built their farms on the blood and sweat of Creek Native Americans.
Before the name Birmingham escaped from its residents’ lips, the area was known as Elyton. The discovery of iron ore led to a massive increase of residents. By the time the Civil War happened the area of Elyton (Birmingham) was a thriving iron industry. The iron led to the Confederacy military leaders to quickly claim the production so that it could produce bullets, cannons, warships, and other military items. With already a strong iron production before the Civil War – this produced an even larger leap in production, which goes along with the old saying, “War is good for business.” At least in this case the owners and employees of companies that drilled for the iron.
The iron production of Elyton (Birmingham) led to the production of the C.S.S. Tennessee – one of the first and famous ironclad warships. There are many museums that greatly explore Birmingham’s history during the Civil War that focuses on the iron production such as the Alabama Iron and Steel Museum, Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park, and the Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park.
The iron production of Elyton was such a backbone to the Confederacy’s war effort that it was targeted by the Union Army. Led by General James Wilson – which earned it the nickname – Wilson’s Raid of 1865, the Union Army fought through enemy lines, all the while sustaining heavy losses till they reached the center of the iron production. They destroyed many of the iron works and did a lot of damage, which is one of the contributing factors to the South’s loss of the Civil War.