The Ironworks were producing huge amounts of iron for the Confederate cause. However, this ended with Wilson's Raid in 1865. Wilson raided through Alabama and Georgia wreaking havoc on important factories for the Confederates. He had already destroyed the ironworks at Tannehill when he arrived at Brierfield. The Confederate forces were quickly broken leaving the ironworks to be destroyed.
Eventually, the facilities were rebuilt after the end of the war. However, the furnaces went cold in 1894 replaced by the Tannehill facilities. Today, the ironworks have been transformed into a state park. There are historic buildings, cabins available for camping, picnic areas, and trails. Visitors can also see the ruinous brick furnace and the foundations left from the rolling mill.