“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Arsenal Museum

Arsenal Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
August 14, 2015
1. Arsenal Museum Marker
Inscription. This building, erected c. 1835 as a powder magazine for a U.S. Army Post and Arsenal which used this area from 1810-1885, except in 1861-1862 when held by the Confederacy. In 1962 this building was restored and the museum established.
Erected 1968 by Louisiana Tourist Development commission.
Location. 30° 27.41′ N, 91° 11.157′ W. Marker is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in East Baton Rouge Parish. Marker is on State Capitol Drive near North 5th Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in Arsenal Park. Marker is in this post office area: Baton Rouge LA 70802, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Arsenal (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dedicated To You, A Free Citizen In A Free Land (about 300 feet away); In Honor of George Washington (about 400 feet away); Site of the Weiss House (about 400 feet away); Louisiana State Capitol (about 400 feet away); Capitol Building (about 600 feet away); Ceremonial Indian Mound (about 600 feet away); Huey Long Grave (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Baton Rouge.
Also see . . .
1. Old Arsenal Museum. (Submitted on August 19, 2015.)
2. U.S. Arsenal Powder Magazine, East Garden, State Capitol Grounds, Baton Rouge
Arsenal Museum image. Click for full size.
August 14, 2015
2. Arsenal Museum
Significance: The U.S. Arsenal Powder Magazine at Baton Rouge was constructed between 1836 and 1838 by the United States Army Engineer Department at a cost of $29,432. It is one of only two buildings surviving from the Baton Rouge Arsenal and Ordnance Depot which once garrisoned one infantry regiment, one artillery company, and six cavalry troops. The magazine held 3,000 barrels of powder. American military leaders who served at the post include Zebulon Pike, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses Grant, Wade Hampton, George Armstrong Custer, P.G. T. Beauregard, James Longstreet, George McClellan, Nathan B. Forrest and Zachary Taylor, who was living at the post when he was elected President of the United States. This powder magazine, the third of four magazines built at the post, is located within the boundaries of the Louisiana State Capitol National Historic Landmark, in the east garden of the Capitol grounds. Although excluded specifically in the landmark designation, the magazine building was independently listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The site, overlooking the Mississippi River, had been used for military purposes since 1779 and possibly earlier by the governments of France, England, Spain, West Florida, the United States and the Confederate States. It was the scene of one of the few Revolutionary War battles fought outside the eastern states, the northwest territories or Canada. Other battles fought at this same site include the West Florida Rebellion and the Civil War siege of Baton Rouge. - Historic American Buildings Survey
. Historic American Buildings Survey record for the arsenal. (Submitted on August 19, 2015.) 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWar, US Civil
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