Historic Markers Across Georgia

Joe Brown Pikes

Marker ID: GHM 154-5
Location: Ga 17 east of Ga 75 at Sautee Creek
County: White
Coordinates: N 34° 40.737    W 083° 40.063
  34.678949    -83.667723
Status: The marking is missing.
Waymark: None
Joe Brown Pikes Marker  


On Sautee Creek just north of here are remains of a dam constructed as part of a grist mill owned by Edwin P. Williams. During the War Between the States, to arm the Home Guard, Gov. Joseph E. Brown had made a great number of pikes, daggers on long poles, for close fighting. This mill was converted to the manufacture of `Joe Brown Pikes.` Though church bells and old iron were given for making the pikes, iron from a forge near Clarksville was probably used too. After the War the mill was reconverted to grinding corn.

GHM 154-5 Georgia Historical Commission 1955