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Object Name PIKE
Catalog Number 0985.03.00141
Date 1861-1865
Description The head of the pike is a forged steel cruciform with iron ferrul at the bottom for attachment to a shaft.
Material Metal/Steel
Dimensions W-6.5 L-19.5 inches
Made Atlanta, Georgia, CSA
Event Atlanta Campaign
Provenance The pike head was made during the war in Atlanta by order of Georgia Governor Joseph Brown in order for Georgians to protect themselves from Union General Sherman and his troops on their "March to the Sea." The heads were to be attached to poles; however, Sherman blew up the arsenal in Atlanta, scattering the heads far and wide.

Governor Joseph Brown of Georgia (1857-1865) issued a Proclamation on February 20, 1862, calling for use of specially made pikes by the armies of the South. His effort was also to involve the civilian population in the war effort. These pikes are sometimes known as "Joe Brown" pikes. As far as is known, these Georgia-made pikes were never used in battle.
People Brown, Joseph Emerson
Search Terms Sherman's March
Savannah Campaign
Sherman's March to the Sea
Atlanta Campaign
Subjects Weapons
Pike