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Georgia, CS Laboratory Vineville




CONFEDERATE STATES CENTRAL LABORATORY

Approximately 100 yards south of this point stood the Confederate States Central Laboratory. Erected between 1862 and 1865, this laboratory-factory complex was a permanent facility and center of Confederate States Ordnance testing and production. Its main building was a two storied brick and granite structure 600 feet long. Superintendent of all C.S. laboratories Lt. Col. John W. Mallet selected this site and had his headquarters here. Machinery and equipment for the facility were fabricated in Macon, Atlanta, Richmond and Leeds, England. After contributing much to the southern war effort, the site was surrendered on April 20, 1865, to Union Gen. James H. Wilson. A law suit followed over title of the property which was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in Titus v. U.S. (1864), a decision which recognized the existence of the Confederate States.

011-24 GEORGIA HISTORIC MARKER 199

From: http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/gahistmarkers/CSAcentrallabhistmarker.htm



There is one letter we will post as soon as transcription is double checked. It proves the position held by R. A. Richards.

This information comes from the records of Richard A. Benson, time keeper of CS Laboratory. Macon Georgia. The images are found on Footnote and transcribed from that source. It appears this unit or division of the Confederate government may have been self supporting to a good extent. There are letters telling of a garden, seeds on hand and various other supplies, tool, and animals under this command. We see no need to post or transcribe all of these letters as sources at this time.

There are other names listed on various papers, unless we can identify this as being Negro, we will not list the names. The reason is because both black and white worked at this facility. (SHAPE)



List of Negroes present at C. S. laboratory, Vineville, Ga. Nov. 21, 1864.

These first four names have check marks beside them, no explanation. (?) indicates we are not sure of the spelling.

1. Jim Rice
2. Allick Goolsby
3. George Tuft (A George is noted as noted as receiving shoes March 18, 1865)
4. Allick Curd (sick on the list of Nov. 24.)
5. Primus (Barret)Several papers show this man received various articles of clothing and such from a Captain W. H. McMain M.S.K.. Articles include hats, pants shoes etc. Capt. McMain appears to be a supply officer since papers show that he sent various good to R. A. Benson. There is no indication if Primus is a slave or FMC.
6. Thorton Carhart
7. Mark Thomas
8. Peter (noted as receiving shoes March 18, 1865)
9. Clayton
10 Robert
11. Ben
12. Joe
13. Daniel
14. Samuel
15. Jake
16. Jim
17. Jim Lab Marshall
18. Edmund
19. Pleasent
20. West
21. Bugler
22. Joe Monroe
23. Willis
24. Wm. Plads
25. Robert Jenner
26. Harrison
27. Jesse
28. Aberdeen
29. Alfred
30. Charles
31. George Wallace ( A George is noted as receiving shoes March 18, 1865)
32. Jake
33. Kilas(?)
34. Armistead
35. John Foster
36. Henry Carrington
37. Frank
38. Monroe
39. Grace
40. Martha
41 Wesley- sick
42. Simon no. 1- Mitchel Smith
43. Simon #2
44. Bill #1
45. Dempsey
46. Dennis - sick- (sick on the list of Nov. 24.)
47. Moses - " - (sick on the list of Nov. 24.)
48. Shiloh
49. Charles
50. Wallace Nesbit
51. Sam
52. Jim
53. Lewis
54. Grace
55. Peggy
56. Henry Raines
57. Fanny
58. Emily
59. America

(Page 2)
60. Celytus(?) Stevens
61. Abram Tempelton
62. Bob
63. Dave
64. Jim
65. Easis
66. Joane(?)
67. Lam
68. Ben
69. Moses
70. Tom
71. William
72. C(????)
73. Evam (?)
74. John no1
75. Phillip
76. Isreal - sick
77. Phillis Thomas
78. Matilda
79. Jim Carter Marshall
80. Horace
81. Andy
82 John Lawhon
83 Polk
84. Jim Dunwoody
85. Winfred Chester -- FMC - noted as such on list of Nov. 24.
86. John James --- FMC " ----Sick on the 24th
87. Nat Robinson -- sick " FMC " "
88. John Ruiss --- " FMC
89. Obdiah Ruiss -- " FMC
90 WM. Curry --- " FMC " " " "
91. Jerimiah Graves --- " At smallpox hospital FMC " "
92. William Graves --- " FMC " "
93. Ester Thomas --

(singed)

R. A. Benson TK (Time Keeper)
The above list does not have this name found on a list dated Nov. 20.
1. Cyrus




On a list dated Nov. 24th these names are listed-- duplicates ommited.
1. John Atkinson
2. Henry Gamble
3. Edmund no 2
4. June
5. Susan *
6. Mark Jones*
7. Porter*
8. Peter* ( may be duplicate, not counted)
9. Tom* ( may be duplicate, not counted)
10. Jackson*
11. Frances Jossey(?)

** A. M. Jones Negroes turned Pro???????

R. A. Beson TK.











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