“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Kenansville in Duplin County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Confederate States Armory

Determined Production


—Confederate Lifeline —

Confederate States Armory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 18, 2014
1. Confederate States Armory Marker
Inscription. In April 1861, Louis Froelich, a Bavarian immigrant, began manufacturing uniform buttons in Wilmington for North Carolina soldiers. With Hungarian partner Col. Bela Estvan, Froelich operated his first arms factory for the Confederacy from November 1861 until March 1862, when the partnership was dissolved. Froelich continued alone until yellow fever closed the armory in September, when he bought 2.5 acres here from Alsa Southerland. Although he reopened the Wilmington facility in November, a fire closed it for good the next month. In March 1863, Froelich moved here, and he opened the Kenansville armory by May. On July 4, however Lt. Col. George W. Lewis’ 3rd New York Cavalry burned it down while raiding Confederate lines of communication. Froelich rebuilt it and continued to produce military equipment, forming a partnership with Jacob H.N, Cornehlson in January 1864. The armory is last known to have operated that June. After the war, Froelich turned to agriculture, selling scuppernong wine and other farm products. He later moved to Halifax County, where he died in 1873.

Kenansville’s Cowan Museum displays an iron metalworking block once used at the armory. The Kenansville Sword, identified by the letters CSA in the hand guard, is the best known of the Froelich swords and the only one clearly identifiable as having been produced
Confederate States Armory Production image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 18, 2014
2. Confederate States Armory Production
Close up of the Production schedule shown in the lower right side of the marker.
by him. The few that survive are in museums and private collections. Liberty Hall Plantation in Kenansville displays a Froelich sword once owned by Col. Thomas Kenan.

Liberty Hall, the Kenan family home, was built in the first half of the 1800s. It has been fully restored to reflect the lifestyle of the mid-19th century. You can tour the main house, ten out-buildings, and the gardens.

Admission fee. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10-4; Sun., 2-4. (Closed Mon., Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.)

(lower left) Confederate staff and field officer’s sword and scabbard manufactured by Froelich and Company, Confederate States Armory, Kenansville, North Carolina — Courtesy Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Va.
(upper right) Confederate States Armory sword guard cast in letters CSA, Confederate States Armory, Kenansville, North Carolina — Courtesy Liberty Hall, Kenansville, N.C.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 34° 57.438′ N, 77° 58.223′ W. Marker is in Kenansville, North Carolina, in Duplin County. Marker is at
Confederate States Armory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 18, 2014
3. Confederate States Armory Marker
the intersection of Magnolia Extension (North Carolina Route 11) and Mallard Street (North Carolina Route 50), on the left when traveling south on Magnolia Extension. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kenansville NC 28349, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Confederate States Armory (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Armory (a few steps from this marker); Henry L. Stevens, Jr. (approx. 7.5 miles away); The War Comes to Warsaw (approx. 7.5 miles away); Veteran’s Memorial (approx. 9.5 miles away); James Kenan (approx. 10.3 miles away); Duplin Old Courthouse Site (approx. 10.3 miles away); Samson L. Faison (approx. 14.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kenansville.
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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