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    A Griswold and Gunnison Confederate Revolver, Private John E. Morris, 7th Mississippi Cavalry - Forrest's Cavalry Private John A. Morris of the 7th Mississippi Cavalry carried this .36 caliber Griswold and Gunnison six-shot revolver during the Civil War until his surrender at Holly Springs, Mississippi on May 4, 1865. Originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Morris joined the 7th Mississippi which was initially called the '1st Partisan Rangers' on September 1, 1862. He was farming near New Albany, Mississippi and joined for the duration of the conflict. The unit would see action in northern Mississippi and eastern Louisiana taking part in the raiding of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, suffered losses at Tupelo and fought with General Nathan Bedford Forrest at Selma, Alabama.

    This is a truly Confederate weapon in every sense. This Griswold and Gunnison, serial number 1123 was manufactured in Griswoldville, Georgia by the firm founded by Samuel Griswold and A. W. Gunnison. The uniqueness about the manufacture of this weapon is due to the fact that they were all produced by mostly slave labor since twenty-two of the twenty-four workers at the factory were slaves. Private Morris must have acquired this revolver shortly after his enlistment since this particular model was manufactured in the spring of 1863. With a 7 ½" rounded barrel, the revolver is accented by the attractive brass frame and trigger guard. While the major parts of the revolver have the matching serial number 1123, there is a secondary number of "13" on the underside of the loading lever. The walnut grips have somewhat shrunk but overall the revolver is in good condition.

    This particular revolver, widely noted in the literature of Confederate weaponry and carried by a soldier of the South throughout the war, is rare in itself. The fact that there were only about 3,700 of these made and due to the use of slave labor in their manufacture, these Griswold and Gunnison revolvers are that much more special to collectors of Civil War weaponry.

    The Foote Collection
    The Kusrow Collection
    The Tharpe Collection of American Military History
    Confederate Presentation & Inscribed Swords & Revolvers (pp. 308-309).
    Civil War Relics from Georgia.
    The American Society of Arms Collectors - Bulletin 71.

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