Griswold & Gunnison Revolver

Griswold & Gunnison Revolver

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This six-shot.36 caliber revolver was made under contract to the Confederate government. It is a brass framed copy of the Colt 1851 Navy revolver. Connecticut Yankee Samuel Griswold set up a cotton gin factory in Georgia in 1830. The village of Griswoldville grew around the factory. In 1862, Griswold produced pikes for volunteers from the state of Georgia. The factory soon began producing revolvers for the Confederacy. No other Confederate factory produced more revolvers than Griswold & Gunnison. Griswoldville was the first town burned by Sherman's troops on his march to the sea.
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Object Name
revolver, percussion
Other Terms
revolver; Firearms; Percussion Fire;.36 In; Rifled; Muzzle Load; 2B; Sa
date made
ca 1862
Griswold & Gunnison
place made
United States: Georgia
United States: Confederate States of America
overall: 5 1/2 in x 13 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 13.97 cm x 34.29 cm x 3.81 cm
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Credit Line
M. B. Joseph
Civil War
Civil War
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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We own property in Griswoldville, the pond on Eastern side of central Ga. Railroad tracks.. So I was wondering if anybody has a map of the town of Griswoldville in 1830 through 1850???
On my way to Gordon drove by the historic marker on Hwy. 570. I've long been wondering where the confederate gun factory in Macon was. I now realize that it was not really in Macon, but nearby. Griswoldville is certainly a historic site that merits research, and even reconstruction of possible. It'd be a massive undertaking, but marking the site would be a good start. I wonder if the land is on private hands and if the title holder is aware of the significance of the site. Being the arsenal of the Confederacy, it was probably at the time of the warm between the states even more important than Macon, very much like Jonesboro was more important than Atlanta.

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