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Grenade - Civil War


Augusta Arsenal


c. 1861-1864


Named for Confederate Colonel George Washington Rains, this iron hand grenade was one of many explosive devices produced at the Augusta Arsenal. The sensitive tube, which served as the pressure detonator, is shown at the head of the grenade. This rare, original grenade includes the guide stick, paper fins, and cloth tail.

A West Point graduate and exceptional engineer, Rains oversaw the construction and production at the Confederate Powder Works factory along the Augusta Canal.

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Donated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.


On Exhibit - Civil War

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