Savage Mill Dam
Middletown, Connecticut; June 17, 2011. The impounded waters at this location on the Coginchaug River produced power for the Savage Revolving Fire Arms Company which provided arms to the Union during our civil war.
The art of arms manufacturing and repair were two well-established industries in the State of Connecticut by 1860, as many of the largest gunmakers of the day had their start in the Nutmeg State. One of these firms was Savage Revolving Fire Arms Company of Middletown. By 1861 the company had produced several thousand of the Savage-North .36 caliber revolvers for the Army and the Navy. However, in 1864 the company foundered because 8000 out of 12000 Springfield Model 61 musket rifles were rejected by government inspectors. The company then attempted to manufacture commercial sewing machines but the stockholders objected as the company's charter did not permit such work.
"The year 1866 marked the end of the Savage Arms Co.and the firearm tradition that began with Simeon North morethan a half century earlier. Savage Arms was never able to recover from the rejection of 8,000 rifle muskets; the company’s financial situation never improved, and Savage Arms sold all its real estate to Edward Savage. "