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Matthew W. Norman

Matthew W. Norman's great, great grandfather was Reese H. Butler, superintendent at the Spiller & Burr factory. After more than five years of archival research, Norman has become recognized as the leading expert on the factory, its operation, and its rise and fall. Norman holds a degree in psychology from the University of Virginia and completed his M.D. at Mercer University School of Medicine.

Books by Matthew W. Norman

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Col. Burton's Spiller & Burr Revolver: An Untimely Venture in Confederate Small Arms Manufacturing
By author: Matthew W. Norman
Product Code: H406
ISBN: 9780865545311
Product Format: Hardback
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In 1861, with very few resources, the Confederacy attempted to arm itself. Several armories and factories were created in the South to help meet these needs. Colonel Burton's Spiller & Burr Revolver is based exclusively on primary sources, and provides a detailed history about one of those manufacturing firms during the Civil War. The book describes how the factory's history applies to Southern industrialism in the mid-nineteenth century. Revolving around the creation, operation, and demise of a pistol factory, this book illustrates the struggles of the factory and thus of the Confederacy during the Civil War.