Athens in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Cook & Brother Confederate Armory
To this building in 1862 was brought the machinery of the armory established in New Orleans at the outbreak of the War by Ferdinand W.C. and Francis L. Cook, recent English immigrants, the former a skilled engineer for the manufacture of Enfield rifles, bayonets and cavalry horse shoes. Said to be the largest and most efficient private armory in the Confederacy. It produced a rifle declared by an ordnance officer to be "superior to any that I have seen of Southern manufacture." Under contract to supply 30,000 rifles to the Confederate Army the armory operated until its employees, organized as a reserve battalion under Major Ferdinand and Captain Francis Cook, were in 1864 called to active duty upon the approach of Sherman's army. The battalion took part in the battles of Griswoldville, Grahamville, Honey Hill and Savannah where Maj. Cook was killed. After Griswoldville Gen. P.J. Phillips reported that Maj. Cook and his men "participated fully in the action, deported themselves gallantly and suffered much from wounds and death." Leased by the Confederacy in 1865 the armory was operated until the close of the War. The property was bought by the Athens Manufacturing Co. in 1870.
Erected 1955 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 029-2.)
Marker series. Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 57.515′ N, 83° 21.96′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Athens-Clarke County. Marker is on Martin Luther King Parkway 0 miles south of Broad Street/First Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Armory is now the Chicopee Building, part of the University of Georgia. Marker is in this post office area: Athens GA 30605, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cook & Brother Armory Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Olympic Games in Athens (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clarke County (approx. half a mile away); Old Athens Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Old College (approx. half a mile away); United States Navy Pre-Flight School (approx. half a mile away); Abraham Baldwin (approx. half a mile away); Site of First Classes (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil •
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