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

Confederate Pistol Factory

 
 
Confederate Pistol Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
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,
Marker was removed, new roadside pull-off created and marker reoriented parallel to road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 29, 2017
2. Marker was removed, new roadside pull-off created and marker reoriented parallel to road.
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. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 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. Touch 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. Griswoldville (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Griswoldville The Deployment and Assaults (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Cavalry Skirmish (approx. 1.1 miles away); Battle of Griswoldville (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Griswoldville (approx. 1.7 miles away); Battle of Griswoldville: (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Griswoldville (approx. 3.9 miles away); Pitts Chapel (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Griswoldville.
 
More about this marker.
Confederate Pistol Factory Marker is now 2nd from left. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 29, 2017
3. Confederate Pistol Factory Marker is now 2nd from left.
A new roadside pull-off has been built to allow viewing of these 4 markers.
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 Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 7, 2009
4. Confederate Pistol Factory Marker
The markers at Griswoldville, looking north on Henderson Road; the Confederate Pistol Factory marker is the rear-most.
Confederate Pistol Factory image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 7, 2009
5. Confederate Pistol Factory
The site of the Pistol Factory today. Virtually nothing is left of pre-War Griswoldville.
Confederate Pistol Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, October 7, 2016
6. Confederate Pistol Factory Marker
Marker Missing from this location.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 2,285 times since then and 113 times this year. Last updated on October 12, 2016, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. Photos:   1. submitted on December 6, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2, 3. submitted on May 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   4, 5. submitted on December 6, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   6. submitted on October 12, 2016, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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