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Griswoldville in Jones County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Confederate Pistol Factory

 
 
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By David Seibert, November 7, 2009
1. Confederate Pistol Factory Marker
Inscription. In 1862, to meet the pressing need of the Confederate States Army for revolvers of the Colt pattern, the Griswold Cotton Gin Company’s plant, on this site, was converted to a pistol factory. In March, the production of cotton gin machinery was discontinued and the task of retooling was begun. In July, Griswold and Grier produced their first revolving pistols.

On Aug. 5th, the Macon TELEGRAPH announced that the “Colt’s Navy Repeater” made at the machine shops of Messers. Griswold at Griswoldville, had passed the Inspection of the Confederate Superintendent of Armories at Macon, and that a contract had been let for as many as could be produced. The peak output became five finished revolvers per day; the total produced was about 3,500.

The Griswold and Grier revolver is known to collectors as the “brass-frame Confederate Colt”. It is the most common of all Confederate manufactured revolvers. It is a six-shot, .36 caliber weapon, with a 7 ½ inch barrel and rifled six grooves right. It cost about $50.00 to manufacture.

On Nov. 20, 1864, during General Sherman’s destructive March to the Sea, the Griswold and Grier factory was burned by the 3rd Cavalry Division [US], Brig. Gen. J. L. Kilpatrick, USA, together with a valuable soap and candle factory, a train of cars loaded with locomotive parts,
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By Brandon D Cross, October 7, 2016
2. Confederate Pistol Factory Marker
Marker Missing from this location.
and other local facilities.
 
Erected 1996 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 084-13.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 32° 52.279′ N, 83° 29.333′ W. Marker was in Griswoldville, Georgia, in Jones County. Marker was at the intersection of Henderson Road and Griswoldville Road, on the right when traveling north on Henderson Road. Click for map. Marker was in this post office area: Macon GA 31217, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Griswoldville The Advance from East Macon (a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing); Griswoldville (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Griswoldville (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Battle of Griswoldville The Deployment and Assaults (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Cavalry Skirmish (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Griswoldville
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By David Seibert, November 7, 2009
3. Confederate Pistol Factory Marker
The markers at Griswoldville, looking north on Henderson Road; the Confederate Pistol Factory marker is the rear-most.
(approx. 1.4 miles away); Battle of Griswoldville: (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Griswoldville (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Griswoldville.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an earlier marker of the same title and text on this location, erected by the Georgia Historical Commission.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
Confederate Pistol Factory image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 7, 2009
4. Confederate Pistol Factory
The site of the Pistol Factory today. Virtually nothing is left of pre-War Griswoldville.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 2,174 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on , by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. Photos:   1. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2. submitted on , by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.   3, 4. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 14, 2016.
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