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Powder Magazine and Filling Room

 
 
Powder Magazine and Filling Room Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
1. Powder Magazine and Filling Room Marker
Inscription. Ammunition for the fort's guns was kept in underground storage facilities called magazines and filling rooms. Shells were armed and sometimes stored in the filling room, while the magazine was used to hold black powder and crated rounds. Implements for firing the cannons could also be kept in the filling room.

Duty in either the filling room or the magazine was hazardous as the slightest spark could ignite the highly explosive black powder. Soldiers assigned to this task were required to remove all metal from their persons and to wear protective coverings on their shoes.
 
Erected by City of Alexandria.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
 
Location. 38° 49.839′ N, 77° 6.145′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from West Braddock Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located in Fort Ward Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria VA 22304, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Northwest Bastion (a few steps from this marker); Profile of Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Ward
The Marker Stands beside Magazine Number 3 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
2. The Marker Stands beside Magazine Number 3
(within shouting distance of this marker); Bombproof (within shouting distance of this marker); Rifle Trench (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Ward (about 500 feet away); Southwest Bastion (about 500 feet away); Entrance Gate to Fort Ward (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
 
More about this marker. On the right of the marker is a Sketch showing shelving in magazines as arranged for different kinds of ammunition. On the lower left is an engineering plan of the fort with the locations of magazines and filling rooms indicated in blue. The tour route is indicated in red.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Ward Historic Site. (Submitted on May 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Filling Room Number 5 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
3. Filling Room Number 5
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,900 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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