Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Griswold & Gunnison Revolver

 Griswold & Gunnison Second Model 1851 Navy type revolver. Manufactured by Samuel Griswold in Griswoldville, Georgia. 
The Griswold & Gunnison revolvers are copies of the Colt 1851 Navy revolver and were made with distinctive brass frames because of the shortage of steel in the South. Also typical of the Griswold is a cylinder manufactured from twisted iron instead of steel.

Griswold was the largest Confederate manufacturer of handguns and produced approximately 3700 percussion revolvers between 1862 and 1864. This Second Model Revolver has a Dragoon-style octagonal barrel lug with round barrel and brass pin front sight, brass frame, trigger guard and back strap and one-piece walnut grip. 

Griswoldville was destroyed on November 20, 1864, by Captain Frederick S. Ladd and his men of the 9th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry Regiment. The Battle of Griswoldville was the first battle of Sherman's March to the Sea.

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