“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Carlisle Barracks in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Hessian Powder Magazine

The Hessian Powder Magazine Marker image. Click for full size.
January 31, 2012
1. The Hessian Powder Magazine Marker
Inscription. The Hessian Powder Magazine was constructed at Carlisle Barracks in 1777 during the American War for Independence from the British government. Carlisle was a growing depot in support of Gen. George Washington's Continental Army. The magazine stored valuable gunpowder, cannon shot and small arms, far beyond the range of British ships along the coast. Local histories indicate that some construction was the work of Hessian soldiers interned at Carlisle after capture by Washington's forces during the December 1776 Battle of Trenton.

The building and its functions have changed with time and local missions. The covered gallery, chimneys and roof ventilators of the 18th century have long been removed. The iron doors were added in the mid-19th century when the building was converted to use as the Hessian Guard House. The Carlisle Indian Industrial School used the building from 1879 to 1918. During the early 20th century, it was used primarily for storage until converted in 1948 back to an approximation of its former appearance. The Hessian Powder Magazine structure is an eloquent reminder of the enduring nature of the United States and its Army.
Erected by U.S. Army War College, Class of 2005.
Location. 40° 12.423′ N, 77° 

The Hessian Powder Magazine image. Click for full size.
January 31, 2012
2. The Hessian Powder Magazine
10.69′ W. Marker is in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Guardhouse Ln.. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Albert "Chief" Bender (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carlisle (approx. 0.3 miles away); Indian Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Carlisle Barracks (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Carlisle Indian Industrial School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Marianne Moore (approx. half a mile away); Gen. John Armstrong (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Prison (approx. 0.6 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker not accessible to general public as it is located on the grounds of Carlisle Barracks, home tp the U.S. Army War College, and requires going through security to enter the base.
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