Governors Island in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The New York Arsenal
In 1832, the US War Department moved the New York Arsenal to Governors Island. The arsenal was part of the Ordnance Department of the Army and was considered its own Army post, functioning separately from Fort Jay. The New York Arsenal did not manufacture arms, but its staff inspected, purchased and took delivery of arms and artillery from private contractors. The arsenal also functioned as a warehouse and as a distribution center of arms to Army posts across the country. During non-combat years, the arsenal yards held excess artillery and cannon balls to be redistributed to other posts, given away to small towns to become war memorials, or sold as scrap metal or slightly “used” weapons to other countries.
The arsenal was established on 6.5 acres in and around the area now occupied by Pershing Hall. The location was behind and downhill from Fort Jay, allowing a clear field of fire from the fortís cannons. After the Civil War, the fields of fire were no longer required, and the arsenal expanded along the Islandís north shore toward Castle Williams. The arsenal buildings are some of the oldest on the Island and include Quarters 135, the residence for the New York Arsenalís commanding officer and Buildings 104, 105, 107, 109, 110 and 140, to either side of the ferry dock, which served as offices and storehouses. Following
Location. 40° 41.475′ N, 74° 0.872′ W. Marker is in Governors Island, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Andes Road and Quadrangle Road, on the left when traveling south on Andes Road. Click for map. Marker is located on Governors Island, near the entrance to Fort Jay. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pershing Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Pershing Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Jay (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Students and Soldiers of Freedom (about 300 feet away); The Pershing Oak (about 300 feet away); Governors Island (about 300 feet away); The Governorís House (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Governorís House (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Governors Island.
More about this marker. The bottom right of the marker contains a picture of Headquarters and New York Arsenal, Governorís Island, N.Y. It includes a caption of “The arsenal is seen here from near Pier 101, the historic point of arrival
Also see . . .
1. History of Governors Island. The Trust for Governors Island website. (Submitted on September 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Governors Island. New York Harbor Parks website. (Submitted on September 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Governors Island National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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