Tallassee Mill - Built 1852

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Ben_Tate on January 25, 2012

Tallassee Armory

Only Confederate armory not destroyed by Federal forces. Colonel Gorgas (Confederate) ordnance chief, had carbine shop moved here into Tallassee Manufacturing Company mill in spring 1864 as war threatened Richmond, Virginia armory. War ended before plant neared goal of 6,000 carbines per year. In 1864 Rousseau's raid bypassed it. 1865: forces under General Wilson (Union) misled by faulty map, marched 10 miles east; threat of Forrest (Confederate) barred their return.

Gene Alderson on January 28, 2012

it is a shame to see such an old historic building fall down,what was the building originally used for ?

Ben_Tate on January 28, 2012

It was built in 1844 as a mill, but was used as an armory during the Civil War as explained in the above comment. I found an article from June 2011 that said there are plans to build a new roof. This picture was taken July 2011.

BlueGoose on August 8, 2012

This is not a photo of the Tallassee Confederate Armory. It is a photo of the 1852 Tallassee Textile Mill. The Tallassee Confederate Armory was located behind this building in the 1844 Tallassee Mill. The 1844 Tallassee Mill/1864 Tallassee Confederate Armory is a two-story stone building. It is intact and is owned by the Talisi Historical Preservation Society. In 2011,to preserve it, we placed a new metal roof on it, at a cost of $30,000. Your photos are great! Thanks. William E. (Bill) Goss, Historian, Talisi Historical Preservation Society (wgoss@elmore.rr.com)

BlueGoose on August 8, 2012

In 2008, I co-authored a pictorial history of Tallassee. It is Images of America: Tallassee. On page 25, there is a 1880s photo of the 1844 Tallassee Mill/1864 Tallassee Confederate Armory. In about 1864, while it was being used as the Tallassee Confederate Armory, the CSA added a wing on the right of the building. To see the 1880s photo go to: http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/9780738553436/Tallassee Click Search Inside Contents Chapter Two (page 25) and you will find the 1880s photo.

BlueGoose on August 8, 2012

Yes, Ben_Tate, your link above will take you to the correct photo of the 1844 Tallassee Mill/1864 Tallassee Confederate Armory as it looked in 2011, with the new metal roof. Thanks for your assistance and cooperation.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 25, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ben_Tate
    • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T1i
    • Taken on 2011/07/10 15:12:09
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 84.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO160
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash