Henry DuPont... Black Powder...

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Here is Henry DuPont who made a fortune off our Civil War, selling black powder for the union.


Henry du Pont, President of the DuPont Company during the war, was an adamant Unionist and supporter of the U.S. government. He abhorred the Confederacy and anyone who sought to break up the country or trample the Constitution. He bluntly stated to his son Henry A. du Pont that “secession is treason to the government of the United States” and any elected officials who advocated leaving the Union were “prostituting their official position…become parties to the treason, false to their states, false to the duties of their position, and deserve arrest for their treason…” Henry du Pont maintained a strict policy that no black powder would be sold or shipped to states in rebellion or to any customers whom he suspected were Confederate sympathizers. He held fast to this policy and made sure all of the company’s sales agents followed his directions on the matter.

Here is why Delaware was picked for Black powder... many reasons see why... Financial, water, location, more...


Another reason E.I. du Pont chose Wilmington was its access to transportation for receiving raw materials and shipping out finished products. Wilmington’s location on the Delaware River made it easy to get to and from Philadelphia. It also allowed shipments through the Delaware Bay for Northern ports like New York, Boston, and New England. The Delaware Bay also served as the main trade conduit with Europe, Africa, and Asia. Wilmington’s access to the port of Elkton, Maryland, gave access to the Southern states via the Chesapeake Bay.

A bio...


Du Pont was born at Eleutherian Mills, Wilmington, Delaware, the second son of Éleuthère Irénée du Pont and his wife, Sophie Madeleine Dalmas.[1] E.I. du Pont was a French immigrant and gunpowder manufacturer who became the founder of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, a chemical company that is still in existence. Henry du Pont was educated at the American Classical and Military Academy in Germantown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from there in 1829 and enrolled at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. Du Pont graduated from West Point in 1833 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army.[1]
 

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Here is a article and photo of the black powder mill...


In 1802 he sited and began building the mill along the Brandywine River near Wilmington. In 1803 the mill refined its first saltpeter, and du Pont notified family-friend President Thomas Jefferson and soon received Army contracts for refining saltpeter, followed by substantial orders for gunpowder. Brandywine River Powder Mills produced its first gunpowder in 1803.

Founded by Eleuthère Irénéé du Pont (1771-1834), the Brandywine River Mills became the largest maker of explosive black powder in the United States. That success resulted directly from the firm's pioneering use of gunpowder processing machinery driven by water wheels and water turbines. Divided into separate buildings to promote safety, its rolling, graining, and glazing mills produced black powder in a range of grades for military, sporting, hunting, construction, mining, and other applications.
 
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