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Posted By: EricTipton - 03-09-2005 08:00 PM - Replies (0)

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Default  The Press Versus the Zouaves
Posted By: RelicRoomGuy - Yesterday 04:13 PM - Replies (2)
The Winter, 2004 issue of "Military Collector and Historian" (which I just got around to opening...) has got a fascinating article on one Northern newspaper editor's crusade against Zouave uniforms. (Joel Craig is the author. His bio says he's a CMH member, president of a Civil War Round Table and a Zouave living historian.)

Choice bits of Isaac Platt (the editor's) prose in criticism of the Zouave uniform:
"....arrrayed in the wild, picturesque, Saracenic costume of the Zouaves."

"...very bright and very ugly uniform...much as it has been praised...being of the most fanciful pattern and the most gaudy colors it will so attract attention that those who wear it will be shot down by the Southern marksman much more readily..."

"Is there anything about it that is American, or that is short of a caricature on the military of civilized nations?...nothing more inconvenient, outlandish, and unserviceable in the manner of dress, could be easily got up, with which to encumber a soldier..."

"...inverted sauce pans on their heads, two bushel bags on their legs, coffee sacks around their waists, and slippers that will not last three hours among blackberry vines on their feet, to make them look like Turks and Arabs."

And after the disaster at Manassas, he REALLY went to town. As an admirer of vitriolic prose I take off my hat (which does not, I'm happy to say, resemble an "inverted sauce pan" in the least) to Isaac Platt. It's also interesting to see a civilian taking such a fierce position on an internal military matter like that one.
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Default  New Information on P. Taits in Alabama, 1863-1865
Posted By: minstrel_boy - Yesterday 01:06 PM - Replies (10)
For the last few weeks, I have been researching the use of imported English Cloth and Uniforms in the Mobile, Alabama area, specifically amoung the men of Co. A 62nd ALA. Inf. (1st Ala. Reserves). To an extent, my work has paid off. I enclose a LARGE section of the O.R.'s as well as some photos, suppositions, newspaper acct's, etc. hopefully, by posting this I can get some conversation going, that might help me continue with my search. I have the uniforms and weapons nailed down, now i'd like some info on their accoutrements. Since everything else they had was English, perhaps they had English accoutrements as well? I have found no references to Ala. purchasing these, but blankets, shoes, clothing, and even overcoats have been referenced. Thanks for dealing with one of my many obsessions.

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Generally, the jackets located have histories that tie them to either northeastern North Carolina, the Petersburg front or the Appomattox retreat route. Conversations with relic hunters indicate that Tait buttons generally come from only those areas as well. Therefore, the discovery of a jacket owned by Private Garrett Gouge of the 58th North Carolina was at first of matter of some concern (FIG 23). The 58th was an Army of Tennessee unit, and never saw service with either Lee or at Fort Fisher. However, the regiment's last service was guarding Quartermaster stores in Greensboro.78 The jacket in question is in near mint condition; it has not seen hard service and obviously was drawn just before Gouge went home. Like the others, it has the five piece body, two piece sleeves, eight button front, distinctive stitching and linen lining. Like the 63d Tennessee jacket, it has shoulder straps, but these are of the same material of the coat and are piped in blue. However, the shape is distinctively the same. The collar is also piped. The markings read: "5 FEET 10/30-34." The most important feature of this jacket is the buttons. All are obviously original to the coat, and are stamped "P. Tait/Limerick."79 (Jensen, Pt. III)
Mobile, Ala., August 28, 1863.
Adjutant and Inspector General, C. S. Army, Richmond, Va.:
GENERAL: Since my last report to the Department the steam-ships Alabama and Fanny have gone to Havana with cargoes of cotton half to be sold on Government account. The whole of the return cargoes will be in Government stores, to be paid for in Government cotton. The Alabama took out 325 bales on Government account; the Fany took out 150 bales on Government account. These are the two best ships now in this trade. I believe that the people concenrned in runnign the blockade will run their ships on Government account oly on compulsion or in consideration of extraordinary benefits from the Govenrment, and it is probable that owners will sell their ships in havana, and that future voyages will be made under a foreign flag. I therefore suggest that the Government authorize its agents in Havana to purchase proper boats and take the business into its own hands. I wished to charter the Alabama and Fanny, but the profits o the blockade-runners are enormous, and they would not surrender them to the Government except at charges which seemed to exorbitant that I would not concolude a charter without the approbation of the Department. As the cargoes were ready for the ships, and the dark moon was almost past, I could not wait for your approval without losing this voyage. The little steamer Crescent took to Havana some weeks ago 150 bales of cotton for Bohn & Co., under an agreement made some time back with Mr. Buttner. She was to bring her whole return cargo in meat, but she made such poor speed on her voyage to Havana that I understand she is delaying her return from fear of capture. She cost the Government $22,000 nearly two years ago. She will probably sell in Havana for more than that amount in gold. I recommend that authority be at once sent to Mr. Helm to sell her there, as she evidentlyw ill not suit the blockade-running business, and her chief value here was as an express boat in Mobile Bay.
The cargoes last delivered here by the Alabama and the Fanny were in large part for Government, and before the orders of the Secretary of War reached me I had been endeavoring to secure the whole carrying capacity of the ships going and coming. The contracts which have been made with Messrs. Hohenstine, Ford, Clarke, and R. A. Johnstone have up to this time brought no result. S Ample time sseems to have been afforded the parties to execute them. The authority granted to the parties to touch at new Olreans with their cotton opesn the way to serious evils, and causes much uneasiness and dissatisfaction tot he loyal citizens hereabouts. I recommend the abrogation of these contracts. Please appoint some proper person, or authorize me to appoint a proper person, to receive and secure the money and cotton of the Bank of Lousiiana seized by me at Montgomery recently. I have to-day information of large additional assets of the same bank, which I expect to secure. There has beena recent arribval of exiles and of reported spies from New Orleans. Concurrent sttements go to show that the enemy is now preparing an expedition against Mobile. I cannot find any evidences of naval preparation, and such publicity is given to their avowed designs that it may be the troops now assembling at an near New Orleans are destined for some other purpose than the capture of Mobile. The prepareations for defense here are going actively on, except that the supply of ammunition is hard to procure, especially projectiles for ehavy ordnance. The sources of our supply here are of limited capacity and insufficient to meet my requirements. With a proper garrison and a proper supplyo of ammunition I believe Mobile can successfully resist any attack of the enemy. The defneses are strong, adn there will be excellent opportunities for succording forces to operate against the enemy's line of comunciation, which will be a long and weak one, whether he land at Pascagoula, at Portersville, or at Pensacola, and I have a confident expectation that by the time the attack will be made here forces will be available to succor the garrison.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

RICHMOND [VA] WHIG, October 27, 1864, p. 2, c. 2

Four months ago a contract was entered into between the State of Alabama, says the Mail, on the part of her Quartermaster-General, and the firm of Peter Tait & Co., Limerick, Ireland, through Major J. L. Tait, of the British Army, for a large quantity of military clothing for the Alabama soldiers. Quartermaster-General Green stipulated that a large portion of the goods should be furnished, simply cut, with the necessary trimmings, thus affording employment to the seamstresses and tailors of our home factories. Some thousands of these uniforms, we are glad to be able to announce, have safely arrived in the Confederacy, and the residue of the order is hourly expected. The outfit consists of jackets, pants, shoes and overcoat, all made of most substantial material—the cloth being exactly the same as that used in the British Army.
A thousand of the uniforms have already been made up and are handsome and durable.

New Orleans, La., January 23, 1865.
Lieutenant Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
Asst. Adjt. General, Military Division of West Mississippi:
COLONEL: I have the honor to make the following report of information received at this office this 23rd day of January, 1865: William Ross, a deserter from the Second Alabama Battalion, left Mobile January 14, 1865; states that there was at that time much talk of evacuating the city. Scott's command left on the 12th instant for Tupelo and it was expected that McCulloch's cavalry would shortly follow it. McCulloch's command is from Forrest's cavalry, and is composed of the Second Missouri, numbering about 260; the Second Mississippi, numbering about 200; the Eighteenth Mississippi, numbering about 200; total, 606. The troops left in Mobile were the First Louisiana Heavy Artillery, numbering about 250; Twenty-second Louisiana Heavy Artillery, numbering about 150; Winston's battery (five 12-pounders), 60; Buchanan battery, or Missouri Battery (a naval battery manned by sailors from the gun-boat Gaines, which was beached last summer), 100; total 560. All other troops are home guards and militia, numbering about 2,500 men, armed with Enfield rifles and muskets. About twelve miles from Mobile, at Hall's Mills, on the Pascagoula road, is Colonel Maury's regiment (Fifteenth Regiment Confederate troops), road, facing General Granger. General Thomas' command consists of Colonel Rice's brigade State reserves, 1,200; brigade [D. Huger] State Reserves, 1,500; total State Reserves, 2,700. These troops are pretty well armed, well clothed with a late importation of gray suits from England. The gun-boat Nashville is plated only on the side fronting the bay, and is pierced for six guns (two bow, two stern, and two side guns). The Morgan has seven guns(7-inch). Battery Buchanan is nearest the city, and mounts nine guns, including the "great gun. " Opposite Battery Buchanan, 700 yards distant, in the bay is Battery Gladden, numbering 100 men and mounting seven 7-inch guns. Nearly opposite this, and 1,200 yards distant, is Battery McIntosh, numbering 150 men and mounting eight guns - four 10-inch and four 7-inch smooth-bores. The Nashville is in the channel, about one mile below Battery Gladden. H. G. Montague, a deserter from the Fifteenth Confederate Cavalry, states that he has been on duty at headquarters post of Mobile as permanent courier for the general commanding. He left mobile December 12 with dispatches to Biloxi, &c. He states that with Colonel Maury's regiment, which is 1,200 strong, is Tobin's battery of flying artillery, numbering 150 men and twelve guns (six howitzers and six 12-pounder rifles). This is supposed to be the most efficient light battery in the vicinity of Mobile. There are about 150 Pelham cadets and 200 Tuscaloosa cadets (all boys about sixteen years of age) in Mobile. The commanding officers and others had sent their families away from mobile. Military men proposed to burn the city in case it was evacuated. The large gun in Battery Buchanan is supposed to be the largest gun in the Confederacy. Below Battery Buchanan, on the Shell road, are three or four 1-gun (10-inch) batteries, extending three miles from the city. About 15 men are required to man each gun. At the time informant left they were not manned. Two light guns are taken down the Shell road on picket duty six miles on tours of three days each. The bay shore is picketed by a few cavalrymen.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Captain and Chief Signal Officer, Mil. Div. of West Mississippi.
(Copies furnished General Granger and Commander Palmer for information.)

RICHMOND, February 10, 1865.
Brigadier Gen. A. R. LAWTON,
GENERAL: By authority of the Governor of Alabama I have contracted with sundry parties to import army stores, payment of the same to be made in cotton. The prices fixed in said contracts vary but little from prices established by the Quartermaster's Department under the contract system. The object of the State is simply to aid and assist the Confederate States in obtaining army supplies, and as far as possible clothe the troops from Alabama. The only obstacles to the successful operation of the plan is the prohibition on the shipment of cotton. I have the honor to request that you will request the Honorable Secretary of War to give such orders as will permit me to ship such cotton across our lines as may be necessary to pay for army stores received under contracts with the State. My object is to aid your department, and I will regulate the issue of clothing according to the regulations of the Army, giving the troops from Alabama preference in all cases. I propose, after the stores are delivered to me within our lines, to transfer them to your department at cost price, to be paid either in cotton or gold, or Confederate Treasury notes, or I will make the issue direct to the troops, upon requisitions properly approved, and I will hold he receipts of the brigade quartermasters as a claim upon the Confederate States.
I have the Honorable to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Quartermaster-General of Alabama.
P. S. -The following prices annexed to each article are to be the rates at which said articles, whether furnished by the State of Alabama to the Quartermaster's Department of Confederate States for the troops from Alabama or issued directly to said troops under arrangements alluded to in foregoing letter. The prices are to be as follows: Gray and blue cloth, per yard, $7. 50; flannel, per yard, $1. 50; blankets, each $10; shoes, per pair,, $10. The above specified prices to be paid in cotton, 50 cents per pound; l that is, the goods to be sold and the cotton received on a gold basis, and all other stores at proportionate rates in like conditions. All other contracts will be carried out by delivering goods at cost price, with 50 per cent. added to cover all risks and charges to time of delivery, the cotton in payment for same to be furnished to contractor at 30 cents per pound in the same currency as the original invoices.

Note the collar, under a lens, you can see that it is piped. It has the epaulettes, and an 8 button front. The trousers are apparently made of the same material. In my opinion, and based on the information available, I believe that the jackets imported in to Alabama, through Mobile, were of the variety in the Tait style currently identified as the “Gouge” jacket, by Les Jensen and his wonderful work on Confederate issue jackets.
This is the only known photograph of a member of the original 62nd Alabama in uniform. We got this picture from the book "The South was Right" by the Kennedy brothers. We have made numerous attempts to contact the owner of the picture but have been unsuccessful. Any help in locating the owner or descendents of Private Bunn would be very helpful.
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Default  Civil War Sites in Stafford, Virginia
Posted By: Dignann - Yesterday 08:22 AM - Replies (0)
Stafford's war

Saving Civil War sites: Stafford moves forward.

Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star
March 25, 2005

The county's part in the American Crisis deserves to be preserved

AS AN OLD SAGE once said, it's never too late to do the right thing. Stafford County's plan to work with the National Park Service to catalog its Civil War sites is a commendable--if tardy--undertaking. Witness: the recent accidental destruction of what some believe was a redoubt by the developer of Poplar Hills.

No major Civil War battles raged in Stafford, thus the fast-growing county has not been the object of the kind of preservationist attention that has fallen beneficially on Spotsylvania County, with its high-profile battlefields. But for those who treasure history, Stafford's is rich.

After the Battle of Fredericksburg, Gen. Burnside's Union troops retreated over the Rappahannock and dug in for the winter in Stafford. Over 120,000 federal troops--more men than today's bulging population--camped there, many in small log huts. At the time, the county was home to only around 5,000 people, and 1,000 men were away serving in the Confederate Army. The remaining residents suffered terrible deprivation as Union troops stripped local farms of livestock, produce, and wood. The Yankees looted and tore down abandoned farmhouses and churches and even pulled up fence posts for firewood. The occupiers cut so many trees that, by some estimates, only about 20 that predate the Civil War remain. With the land laid bare, topsoil washed away, and farms in ruins, Stafford remained impoverished until the 1950s.

Of course, the Union troops didn't have it easy, either, as they licked their wounds and fought off the cold. As local historian D.P. Newton of the White Oak Museum says, "The suffering and dying don't stop on the battlefield." For every man killed in combat, two died from disease and other causes. After the Civil War, around 3,000 bodies were removed from Stafford and reburied in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Countless others may remain.

Seven redoubts like the one that may have been destroyed survive in Stafford, says Mr. Newton. Of the roughly 630 regimental camps, half are gone, while half are in farmland and potentially savable. The pilings of Burnside's wharf below Aquia Landing may still be seen, and cannon pits along the Rappahannock and gun emplacements near New Hope Church are in evidence.

All these remnants of the past can be cataloged and many saved, but this will take the concerted efforts of developers, landowners, historians, and Civil War buffs. Mr. Newton generously reminds us that "it was the Union army's suffering and blood that kept this country together." Honoring that sacrifice by identifying and preserving Stafford's hallowed ground is a moral obligation.


One can hardly think of a more appropriate place to preserve a Civil War site than a school. Three acres of an eight-acre Union campsite at a new middle school being built in Stafford at the corner of Deacon and Brooke roads are wisely being left untouched so that students can experience history firsthand through archaeological digs.

What a great idea. Kids will be able to plunge right into the past, and one suspects that after discovering real bullets and uniform buttons in their own back yard they will never again yawn when history class rolls around. Congratulations, Stafford schools, on your creative thinking. [See related story]

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Default  Shiloh history tours will give different perspective
Posted By: JimKindred - Yesterday 03:36 AM - Replies (0)
From the Tuesday 29 March 2005 edition of the Daily Corinthian:

Shiloh history tours will give different perspective

SHILOH, Tenn. -- The public will have the opportunity to revisit the history of Shiloh battlefield from a different perspective on the upcoming battle anniversary dates.
Shiloh National Military Park is offering in-depth hikes on Wednesday and Thursday, April 6 and 7. Park Superintendent Woody Harrell said these hikes will take place not only on the actual anniversary dates but at the same times as significant events occurred at the various sites.
“These hikes should give visitors a deeper understanding of what occurred here and provide rare opportunities for visitors to access rangers for extended periods of time on the battlefield,” he said.
The hikes will take participants into some areas that the average visitor has never seen.
“Rangers will guide hikers into areas difficult to get to and routinely not visited,” said Chief Ranger Stacy Allen.
Hikes include:
April 6
• Fraley Field: The Battle Begins (5:15 a.m., meet at Visitor Center) - This two-hour, ranger-led battlefield hike will introduce visitors to the events surrounding the opening shots of the battle.
Hikers will divide into two groups that will ultimately meet each other at daylight in Fraley Field, just as the Union and Confederate soldiers did on the morning of April 6, 1862. The Federal side will require a 2-mile round-trip hike, and the Confederate side will require a 1-mile hike. Both will be moderate terrain.
• Walking in Sherman’s Footsteps (10 a.m., meet at Shiloh Church) - This two-hour hike will retrace the movements of Federal Brigadier General William T. Sherman. Beginning at Sherman’s headquarters, hikers will follow in his footsteps as he rode to Rea Field, was wounded, held the line at Shiloh Church, fell back to Jones Field, counterattacked and withdrew. The hike is a 4-mile round trip on difficult terrain.
• The Blue Line Stiffens: The Hornet’s Nest and Peach Orchard (1 p.m., meet at Sunken Road) - Exploring some of the most vicious fighting at Shiloh, this two-hour, ranger-led hike will lead the group in a combined Hornet’s Nest and Peach Orchard interpretive experience, including Albert Sidney Johnston’s death site, Bloody Pond, the critical Union left flank and Ruggles’ Battery. The hike is 4 miles on moderate train.
• Grant’s Last Line of Defense Saves the Day (3 p.m., meet at Visitor Center) - This two-hour hike will lead participants on an examination of the Federal last line on April 6, 1862. The route follows Grant’s line situated on the high ground north of Tilghman Creek, crosses to the Confederate side and then examines the only major attempts to break the Union line at Dill Branch Ravine. It’s a 4-mile hike with some difficult terrain.
April 7
• The Federal Army of the Ohio Joins the Battle (10 a.m., meet at Visitor Center) - This two-hour, 3.5 mile walk on moderate terrain will follow the advance of the Army of the Ohio as it marched against heavy Confederate resistance. Details will cover such major action as Water Oaks Pond, Review Field, Daniel Davis Wheatfield and the Peach Orchard.
• The Federal Army of the Tennessee Counterattacks (1 p.m., meet at Visitor Center) - This two-hour, 3-mile hike on some difficult terrain will explore the fighting that occurred between the Army of the Tennessee and the Confederate Army of the Mississippi on the western side of the battlefield of Shiloh.
• Car Caravan Tour of Lew Wallace’s March (3 p.m., meet at Visitor Center) - This 30-mile car caravan tour will take visitors on the route of Lew Wallace’s famous march at Shiloh. While myth holds that Wallace became lost, this tour will expose the facts and the reasons Wallace acted as he did.
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Default  A view of the burned district of Richmond.
Posted By: ThehosGendar - 03-28-2005 07:56 PM - Replies (4)  Attachments (2)
Just after Richmond fell, Alexander Gardner photographed extensively the burned districts of Richmond. On Gambles Hill, on a large tower at Pratt's Castle, Gardner set up his camera and took a 5-plate panorama of the burned out city below, capturing the Confederate White House in the distance and the ruins of the State Arsenal.

I've put together the panorama by matching the horizons and overlapping imagery on the sides of the individual plates, connecting the following images from the Library of Congress:

(from left to right)

The images from the street offer and close view of the rubble, but this expanded, distant view gives one the grander scope of the destruction.
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Default  Adaptive reuse
Posted By: Mike Chapman - 03-28-2005 10:36 AM - Replies (1)
Posted on Sun, Mar. 27, 2005
Modern mill
Development to bring residences, restaurants, retail and office space to historic site
Staff Writer

A historic Columbus mill site dating back to the mid-1800s is on the verge of dramatic change.
The old Eagle & Phenix Mill that sits on the east bank of Chattahoochee River in downtown Columbus will be converted to residences, restaurants and office space. The project is projected to cost more than $50 million and take up to 10 years to complete.

The mill and 16 acres of prime riverfront real estate was purchased from the bankrupt Pillowtex Corp. for $5.8 million by the W.C. Bradley Co. more than a year ago.

Now, the Columbus company, with its partner Columbus-based Flournoy Development Co., is moving forward with plans to tear out non-historic chunks of the mill. That work began earlier this month.

That demolition -- which will leave six historic mill structures standing -- will open up a world of possibilities for reuse of the city's oldest industrial site.

"We hope at the end of the day it is a community within itself," W.C. Bradley Real Estate Division President Mat Swift said.

It is another significant investment step being made along the river.

Consider the recent riverfront expenditures:

• $100 million TSYS campus that opened in September 1999.

• $40 million Columbus State University performing and visual arts campus that is under construction and renovation at the base of Dillingham Street Bridge.

• $30 million expansion of the Columbus Convention & Trade Center that was complete last year.

• $22 million Synovus Centre, a five-story office building opened last year between 11th and 12th streets.

The more than $242 million in reinvestment -- counting plans for the Eagle & Phenix -- has happened along a one-mile stretch of urban riverbank.

The plans

Plans for the mill were developed over the last 18 months after visits to similar mill restoration projects in Savannah, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Greenville, S.C.

The Eagle & Phenix property includes multiple buildings with river views and river access.

There are three main mill buildings that will be used for residential purposes. Current plans -- which could and probably will change over the 10-year course of the project -- call for condominiums that will be sold to buyers in two buildings and rental apartments in the third building.

Developers expect between 50 and 60 condominiums, which could range in price from $125,000 to nearly $500,000 per unit.

"We looked at a lot of old mills and old mill buildings," Swift said. "The one thing that we found is there is a trend toward people owning their own units."

Tom Flournoy, president of Flournoy Development Co., said the condominiums will diversify the downtown residential population.

"Part of the reason for doing condominiums is to bring a different element -- a permanent resident," Flournoy said.

And those residents will have a major say in what their home looks like. The plans call for residents to be able to purchase certain square footage, then go in and design the interior -- room sizes and locations. The company is currently arranging focus groups with prospective buyers to discuss the possibilities.

In addition to the condominiums, there is a plan to turn Mill No. 3, the building closest to 12th Street, into an apartment building with up to 100 units. The ground floor space in that building will be marketed as the site of a grocery store.

There are four possible sites for restaurants along the backside of the mill buildings, facing the river. Plans also call for the Chattahoochee Riverwalk to run along the backside of the project. It will create a mixture of public and private access to the property.

Lisa Collins, president of Uptown Columbus Inc., has seen the plans for the mill site and said it will be a "shot in the arm" for continued downtown redevelopment. She expects the project will drive more people back to the central business district.

"The restaurants they are planning will give more people the opportunity to be able to enjoy those views of the river," Collins said.

Historic significance

Before the old mill property was purchased, W.C. Bradley officials began consulting with historical preservationist at Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Ray Luce, director of the department's Historical Preservation Division, has made two visits to the Eagle & Phenix Mill.

"We wanted them on board early," Swift said.

There are a couple of reasons for that.

• The mill, along with other riverfront mills from Bibb City to the Trade Center, are part of the National Historic Landmark. There are only 200 such landmarks in the state.

• The Historical Preservation Division holds the key to federal historic tax credits, which will make the project financially feasible. The project could qualify for millions in income tax breaks if approved.

Luce said the site holds major historical significance.

"You can see the layers of history on that site," Luce said. "It is a terribly important location. It is important to Columbus, it is important to Georgia, it is important to the South and it is important to the United States."

Luce said he is impressed with the plans to preserve and reuse the historically significant structures.

"The thing that is important is they are not trying to do it as a museum," Luce said. "They are going to reuse it, but they are also going to do something that retains the authenticity."

Developers will peel away more than 700,000 square feet of space. Most of that was built in the last 50 years and does not carry historic significance. What it will leave is a historic footprint from the early 1900s as the textile mill was expanding and flourishing.

When demolition is complete later this year, six historic mill structures dating back to the 1860s will be left standing between 13th and 12th streets.

"It will be similar to the 1910 look of the mill," Swift said.

Virginia Peebles, the outgoing executive director of the Historic Columbus Foundation, said the developers have been innovative in their approach to the project.

"They are doing what we have been preaching -- adaptive reuse," Peebles said.

In the 1990s, a riverfront mill was demolished to make way for the TSYS campus. That drew the ire of the state's Historical Preservation Division, though they could do nothing to stop it.

Peebles said by bringing the state officials into the conversation early, some of the problems of the past can be avoided.

"I just think Mat is trying to do the right thing," she said. "Perhaps everybody in Columbus has learned from past experiences."

The partnership

This is not the first time W.C. Bradley and Flournoy Development have formed a partnership for downtown redevelopment. Three years ago, they reworked three 11th Street buildings for 46 loft apartments and restaurant space.

"They did a great job on 11th Street," Swift said of Flournoy Construction Co.

The partnership works for several reasons.

The W.C. Bradley Real Estate Division has developed a number of large projects, including Maple Ridge golf community, Bradley Park and Brookstone Centre, a North Columbus office park. Flournoy Development Co. is one of the nation's largest apartment builders and property managers. The company, which owns its construction company, operates in more than 120 communities across the country.

The partnership between the two homegrown companies makes sense, Flournoy said.

Flournoy Construction Co. will do the construction work, while Flournoy Development Co. has experience in apartment leasing and management. The W.C. Bradley Co. brings riverfront development experience, real estate sales experience and commercial leasing experience to the deal.

"It makes for a good team," Flournoy said.

In addition to working on the redevelopment of the old mill properties, the two companies will also have the opportunity to build new buildings north of the 13th Street bridge. All of the mill buildings, none of which are historic, will be torn down, creating more than a block of wide-open riverfront property.

"It is a blank piece of paper," Flournoy said. "Do we put nice condominiums? Do you back it up with another office like the Synovus Centre? The only reason this is a 10-year program is because you have that blank piece of paper up there."

Swift cautions that plans will change as the project progresses.

"When we started development on Maple Ridge, I had an image in my mind of what it was going to be," Swift said. "Ten years later, it is totally different."

He said look at it this way:

"What we have is a concept of taking the mill back to a look of the early 1900s," he said. "But that is what it is, a concept."

• Mill No. 1

The original mill building was constructed in 1851, but burned at the end of the Civil War in April 1865. Mill reconstruction began in 1868. It was built as a five-story building, but was gutted in the 1980s and altered to three floors. The original wood floors were removed and replaced with concrete flooring to accommodate heavier equipment. Redevelopment plans call for the majority of the building to be used for condominiums that will be sold to individual buyers. There is also the possibility of a riverfront restaurant.

• Mill No. 2

The five-story building was built in early 1870s. It is the closest building to the 13th Street bridge. Redevelopment plans call for the majority of the building to be used for condominiums that will be sold to individual buyers. There is also the possibility of a riverfront restaurant.

• Mill No. 3

The five-story building was built in the early 1900s. It is at the corner of Front Avenue and Bay Avenue. Redevelopment plans call for a riverfront restaurant, rental apartments and retail -- possibly a grocery store on the bottom floor.

• Machine shop

The two-story building was built at the same time as Mill No. 1 in 1868. It sits on the river between Mill No. 1 and Mill No. 2. Plans call for possible restaurant, retail and office use.

• Boiler house

It was built in the early 1900s. It is a wide-open, one-story building with two brick smokestacks. Plans call for possible office or retail use.

• Administration building

The red-roofed building on Front Avenue was built in the early 1900s. The two-floor structure once housed the office of the city's leading industrialist, W.C. Bradley. Plans call for the building to be used for office space.

• The Eagle & Phenix powerhouses and dam

It is owned by Eagle & Phenix Hydro, a subsidiary of Uptown Columbus Inc. The dam is currently producing a small amount of electricity and selling it to Georgia Power Co. Plans call for power production to cease at an undetermined time. The dam would be breached as part of a plan to create whitewater in downtown Columbus. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is studying the possibility of removing portions of the Eagle & Phenix Dam and City Mills Dam to create the whitewater at the Fall Line.

Contact Chuck Williams at (706) 320-4485 or Eagle & Phenix Mill renovation incorporates history into plans

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Default  Preservation event dollars and sense......
Posted By: Mike Chapman - 03-28-2005 09:54 AM - Replies (0)
I have tried this in past years with little response, but would like to try it again based on a post on another forum. I feel it would be a good idea for those involved with raising money let their efforts be recognized here on the forum. The following three events came from the OTB post, and therefore come from secondary sources.

Land b/t the Lakes $505.00

Ft. Duffield LH $455.00

ReOcc of Fort Sumter $1230.96

"Additionally, Keith did something with ReOcc that I like (you may not, but that's okay) as he figured the preservation donation at $18.94 per participant with a 47% net donation to preservation from gross receipts. I'd like to see that figured for the other two events, if the folks reporting the numbers don't mind"

For other events, if the organizers are willing to share their donation amounts and where the money went to, that would be great. You can either post here on the thread or email me at Also, if the organizers of the three events above want to share where the money went, that would be great also.
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