The Confederacy’s Bomb Brothers
Gabriel and George Rains were brothers know as Confederate "Bomb Brothers". They were very important when it comes to the development of "water and land torpedoes". Gabriel is given credit for the creation of the "Land torpedoes" or "Land Mines" as they will be known as in the future.
Here is two links about the two brothers and their service to the Confederacy.
George and Gabriel Rains had a knack for blowing things up during the American Civil War between 1861-1865. They were the Confederacy’s “Bomb Brothers.” Were they fathers of the modern day land mine?
After the War George taught and served as dean at the Medical College of Georgia. In 1894, he went into business in New York. Gabriel first settled in Atlanta. Then he moved to Charleston, where he served in the U.S. Army's Quartermaster Department. George died in 1898 at the age of 81. Gabriel died in 1881 at the age of 78.
To history, they would always be the BOMB BROTHERS!
George Rains (right) and his older brother General Gabriel Rains (left) created explosive solutions to the Confederacy’s problems during the war. George created the gunpowder, and Gabriel used it to create landmines lethal to Federal soldiers.
Federal soldiers suffered great losses at the hands of the Confederacy’s landmines.
Union sailors carefully remove torpedos from Mobile Bay after Federals captured the bay in August 1864
Led by Gabriel Raines, the Confederarcy's Torpedo Bureau created the explosives, like these newly cast torpedoes at the Charleston Arsonal, that linked key Southern rivers and ports.
Federal soldiers from the steamer Resolute recover Confederate-placed torpedoes—buoyed by watertight oil barrels—from the Potomac River. Northern officers lobbied against the use of these and other explosives, which they called “infernal machines” and “sub-terra booby traps.”
George Rains (left), shown here years after the war, designed the Augusta powder works (right) with safety and efficiency in mind.
Perhaps it was because Gabriel was 14 years older than George that, although the they were a lot alike, the "Bomb Brothers" were not close, but during the War Between the States they worked together like a hand and a glove. One made bombs, while his brother provided the powder that filled them.
Stolen Civil War revolver found after 35 years
A Confederate-issue .36 caliber Spiller and Burr revolver was stolen from the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond by person or persons unknown in 1975. Owned by General George Washington Rains — a former West Point professor and munitions expert who along with his older brother Gabriel provided much of the CSA’s gunpowder, landmines and explosives — during the Civil War, the gun was one of the museum’s most treasured objects
The obelisk chimney on the grounds of Sibley Mill is the only remaining structure from the original Confederate Powderworks
Sibley Mill and Confederate Powder Works Chimney
Augusta Canal National Heritage Area