Old South Military Antiques

Non Excavated Atlanta Arsenal CSA Plate
Item #: OS-7445

The Confederate Arsenal and Depot located in Atlanta, Georgia was a conglomeration of Confederate owned manufactories and independent contractors from the surrounding area. Supplies from other Confederate arsenals were also funneled through the Atlanta Arsenal for distribution to the Army of Tennessee.

While researching at the National Archives, Dean Thomas discovered a very interesting bit of correspondence from the commander of the Atlanta Arsenal.

C. States Arsenal

Atlanta, Georgia

March 3rd, 1863

Mr. Francis Minchener

Atlanta, Georgia


You will please to make for this Arsenal four thousand belt plates as per the sample furnished—to be plain and well gotten up, the letters C.S.A. to be plain and neatly finished, the casting to be substantial and good, the hooks on the plate to be strong, and well pointed and the whole to (be) in good taste and style, -to be inspected before they are received.

I will pay you fifty cents each for all received.

Very resply.

Yr. obt. sert.

M.H. Wright

Major Comdg.

At the time the above order was written, the Atlanta Arsenal and its affiliates were producing 90,000 uniform garments and 15,000 pair of shoes per month. This would indicate that Minchener’s belt plate production was only a very small proportion of the plates contracted for by the Atlanta Arsenal. There are at least seventeen slight variations of belt plates attributed to the Atlanta Arsenal. From Major Wright’s order to Minchener, we can assume that a sample pattern was sent to various foundries in and around Atlanta. Thus, accounting for the many variations encountered.

This one is easy to describe, perfect! And the pictures show the beautiful patina.