in use the old flint-locks, altering them to percussion locks.
Some companies were ordered to arm themselves with double-barreled shotguns, private arms were freely contributed, and in various ways the companies were armed in some fashion for drill and even for their first battles.
A contract for cannon for coast defense with a Pennsylvania iron company had been canceled by the latter, and it was found necessary to order guns for batteries from the Tredegar works at Richmond
To encourage the home production of war armament, the convention offered a bonus of $10,000 to such a factory as would be capable of furnishing three cannon each week and a columbiad at an early date.
The Georgia convention turned over matters of arms and soldiers to the government of the Confederate States
, but Governor Brown
did not cease organizing State troops.
He contemplated the formation of two divisions, and intended to appoint Col. Henry R. Jackson major-general
of the first division, and Col. William H. T. Walker
as major-general of the second.
It was found practicable to organize but one division, of which Walker
was appointed major-general, Jackson
generously giving up his own promotion and urging Walker
for the command.
The first call to Georgia
made by the government of the Confederate States
was for troops for Pensacola
, and met with a prompt reply.
It is stated that under the governor's call for troops for this service 250 companies were tendered, and the following were ordered into camp at Macon
(the list being arranged in the order in which they formed the First regiment Georgia volunteers and the First independent battalion):