David A. Bainbridge

David Bainbridge is an environmental historian. His most recent books, including Fur War, deal with the fur trade on the Pacific Coast from 1765-1840. The Bainbridge family was very active in the steel iron and steel industry around Troy, N.Y., and later with US Steel.


Henry Burden Horseshoe Machine
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How Horseshoes Helped Win the Civil War

Over the years, Henry Burden’s machines made over 50 million horseshoes
While Scotsman Henry Burden was a prolific inventor and industrialist who played a major role in the Civil War, his vital contributions are generally unknown. Many of his inventions helped the North, but the design and perfection of a horseshoe-making machine was his most important one. As a result, his company was the primary provider for the enormous number of horses and mules supporting the Yankee armies.
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