As always, Thanks to Vicki Betts of the University of Texas for her transcriptions of southern papers...........
The South suffered throughout the war from lack of its own manufacturing capacity. This is one of many articles well pre-war that calls attention to the need to purchase locally.
ATHENS (ALABAMA) HERALD, June 13, 1856, p. 3, c. 2
This celebrated and fashionable watering place, is now open for the reception of visitors, where the invalid will find salutary relief from the use of the water, and the votary of pleasure a pleasant retreat, surrounded by the usual enjoyments that will “drive dull care away,” in the pastimes enumerated in the advertisement, which appears in another column. All who may visit these Springs will find the gentlemanly proprietor Mr. Giers a very hospitable attentive Host. We will vouch for that—as he has extended to us a pressing invitation to come over and rusticate with him a while, which he would not have done, had he not been a very clever landlord. We never have been popular with any other class of men.Valhermoso.
White Sulphur Springs—Morgan County, Alabama .
We also call attention to the advertisement of Messrs. Milner, Mayes, & Co’s Woolen Factory in Lauderdale County . We have seen the fabrics, produced at their establishment, the blankets and negro cloths particularly, and we say to our planting and other friends, that they are a superior and durable article, and economy would suggest the use of these fabrics, three to one, over the use of the Northern manufactures. A few more men of the enterprising character of Drury Mayes, Esq., who would employ their surplus capital in enterprises of this sort, would soon render us independent and make the Tennessee valley the home of prosperous thrift, not to be rivalled [sic] by any other portion of the habitable globe.