Confederate Invention: The Story of the Confederate States Patent Office and Its Inventors offers a unique look at the short-lived Confederate Patent Office. The Confederate Patent Office was flooded with inventions that would help the South in the war and in everyday life as well. Augusta has a connection to this book: On page 212, Patent #60 was issued for Jacob and William Platt, of Augusta, Georgia for Camp Cots.
And if you visit the Georgia Room you can view the Camp Cots patent in person! Be sure to ask at the Georgia Room desk to see it.
by Aspasia Luster