Applied petroleum reservoir engineering by B C Craft; Murray F Hawkins

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While working for Browne, Squire negotiated a new contract with Storrs to resume superintendence of the ACMC mines in March 1862. This arrangement afforded Squire $40 more per month for his efforts. He quickly gained the approval and confidence of the board of directors, but his workload increased considerably. 30 Browne experienced sickness and sorrow in the fall of 1862. While returning from a business trip to the Confederate capital in Richmond, he contracted a “sol­ dier’s fever” that incapacitated him for nearly two months.

Baker reported that the ACMC had depleted its stores, but that he had enough to continue operations due to reduced demand. A cold snap in early March revived the coal trade and actually expanded Baker’s business.  H. Kerr, his assistant, remained despondent. Predicting the end of the coal season, they reported coal sales of only one or two tons per day.  .  . two hundred tons this winter. ” Still Baker and Kerr continued to perform their duties on Browne’s behalf. 53 As summer turned to fall, Browne witnessed an unprecedented expansion of his coal markets.

16 As 1861 dawned, secession loomed dark over Alabama. Declaring itself a “free, sovereign, and independent state,” Alabama seceded from the Union and joined the Confederacy on Janu­ary 11. Three months later, Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, and the Ameri­can Civil War commenced. ­Secession and war generated uncertainty and turmoil, however, and po­liti­cal and economic pressures weighed heavily on both Browne and Baker in the early months of 1861. Working feverishly to continue production, maintain sales, and collect outstanding debts, the pair struggled to preserve their enterprise.

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