Clarksville in Montgomery County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Whitfield, Bradley & Co.
To meet the demand for munitions, foundries quit making stoves, kettles, and agricultural implements and retooled to produce cannon, shot, and shell. Starting in June 1861, Whitfield, Bradley & Co. cast six- and nine-pounder guns (the weight of the projectiles they fired). Early in 1862, the firm began making twelve-pounder howitzers. The guns were tested for accuracy by firing them at a tree across the Cumberland River. The Clarksville Jeffersonian reported that "Whitfield, Bradley & Co. are turning out some beautiful cannon."
Several guns were sent to Fort Donelson. Confederate Maj. Jeremy Gilmer noted "2 small iron guns that were manufactured at Clarksville," and battery commander Capt. B.G. Birdwell described them as "two small 9 or 12 pounders, made in Clarksville, of very little account"
The company produced shot and shell for field artillery and thirty-two-pounder canister rounds for heavy artillery. It also finished several guns for a major cannon manufacturer, Thomas M. Brennan's Claiborne Machine Works in Nashville. After the surrender of Clarksville in February 1862, Union troops shuttered the munitions factory for the duration of the war. The company reopened with new owners and continues in business today in a different location.
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1862.
Location. 36° 31.579′ N, 87° 21.649′ W. Marker is in Clarksville, Tennessee, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Commerce Street east of North Spring Street, on the left when traveling east. Located in the Clarksville Police Department parking lot, behind the Police and Fire Department buildings. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 Commerce Street, Clarksville TN 37040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Town Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); John Montgomery Statue (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frank Spencer Sutton (about 500 feet away); First Court HouseClarksville in the Civil War (about 700 feet away); Arlington Hotel (about 700 feet away); Clarksville Federal Building/Post Office/Customs House (about 700 feet away); Clarksville Federal Building (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarksville.
Also see . . . History during the Civil War of the foundry. (Submitted on September 4, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 339 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 4, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 2. submitted on June 3, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. 3. submitted on September 4, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.