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The Daily Dispatch: August 17, 1863., [Electronic resource], Convention of North Carolina brigades in Gen. Lee's army — a Rebuke Administered to Unpatriotic citizens at home. (search)
North Carolina coal. --We have seen a specimen of anthracite coal, discovered on the farm of a Mr. Wade, in Rockingham county, North Carolina. The coal appears to be very good, and has been so proven, we understand, by the proper test. The vein now worked is only six feet under ground, and is three feet thick. Col. B. M. Jones is engaged in the operation of mining this coal, and the work is progressing under the superintendence of Mr. Ambrose Barrett, a practical miner. The Upper Dan River Valley, in which the above mine is located, has been known for some years to contain a coal basin of considerable extent, and it was considered that anthracite coal was the predominant deposit. Should this impression prove to be as correct in other openings as it has in the mine of Wade's farm, the coal field of this region will be of very great value to the Confederacy.