Cook & Brother Confederate Armory

Cook & Brother Confederate Armory (HM79K)

Location: Athens, GA 30601 Clarke County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 57.515', W 83° 21.96'

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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 Major. Cook was killed. After Grisoldville 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 Con- federacy in 1865 the armory was operated until the close of the War. The property was bought by the Athens Manufacturing Co. in 1870.
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HM NumberHM79K
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number029-2
Year Placed1955
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 6:17am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 281375 N 3760086
Decimal Degrees33.95858333, -83.36600000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 57.515', W 83° 21.96'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 57' 30.90" N, 83° 21' 57.60" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1101-1131 E Broad St, Athens GA 30601, US
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