“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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationMilitaryWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1835.
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. Located in Louisiana Veterans Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baton Rouge LA 70802, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louisiana Gold Star Families Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Louisiana National Guard Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Arsenal (about 300 feet away); Dedicated To You, A Free Citizen In A Free Land (about 300 feet
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
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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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baton Rouge.
Also see . . .
1. U.S. Arsenal Powder Magazine, East Garden, State Capitol Grounds, Baton Rouge. Historic American Buildings Survey record for the arsenal. (Submitted on August 19, 2015.) 

2. Old Arsenal Museum - Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Submitted on February 9, 2018, by Kenneth Ramagost of Unknown, Louisiana.)
3. Ceremony Renaming Arsenal Park to Louisiana Veterans Memorial Park (video). YouTube (Submitted on February 8, 2018, by Kenneth Ramagost of Unknown, Louisiana.) 
Arsenal Museum image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kenneth Ramagost, 2011
3. Arsenal Museum
Arsenal Museum and garden image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kenneth Ramagost, 2011
4. Arsenal Museum and garden
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2015. This page has been viewed 480 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on February 8, 2018. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 18, 2015.   3, 4. submitted on January 21, 2018, by Kenneth Ramagost of Unknown, Louisiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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