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In early 1862, the South was woefully under armed, causing Joe Brown, the Governor of Georgia to lament, "What shall be done in the emergency?" The Governor then replied to his own rhetorical question:
"Let every army have a large reserve, armed with a good pike and a large, heavy side knife to be brought upon the field with a shout for victory"… "When the time comes for the charge"… "let them move in double quick time and rush with terrible impetuosity into the lines of the enemy"… "When the retreat commences let the pursuit be rapid, and if the enemy throw down their guns and are likely to outrun us, if need be, throw down the pike and keep close at their heels with the knife until each has hewed down at least one of his adversaries."
That Joe Brown was a bloody fellow, eh? Sounds a lot like Jackson who, by the way, ordered one thousand pikes on March 31, 1862 and which General Lee approved nine days later.
So, while Joe Brown is the most recognized proponent of the pike that bears his name, he was by no means alone. Rather, pikes were made at various state arsenals including, but not limited to Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. The pikes made under the various state government contracts are totally unmarked with the exception of those made in Richmond, Virginia which have an M or W (depending on which way you view the marking) stamped into the blade.
The CSA and Stars stamped into the blade of these rare pikes indicates that they were made under Confederate government contracts rather than the individual states.
The CSA marked pike shown here is well documented as having been manufactured at the Confederate States Arsenal at Augusta, Georgia. This is the most desirable of all War Between the States pikes.
It is in nearly mint condition and would be impossible to upgrade.