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Near Emmitsburg in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Emmitsburg Longrifles

 
 
Emmitsburg Longrifles Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 11, 2020
1. Emmitsburg Longrifles Marker
Inscription.  The longrifle was a distinctly American weapon developed on the frontier for accuracy and distance. Produced mainly in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, it became known as the “Kentucky” rifle after a popular song commemorated its use by a regiment of Kentucky marksmen in the 1814 Battle of New Orleans. Emmitsburg gunsmiths crafted some of the finest longrifles of the 18th and 19th centuries. The work of master gunsmith John Armstrong (1772–c.1842) is especially noted for superior mechanical quality and decorative artistry.
 
Erected by Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland State Highway Administration.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar of 1812. A significant historical year for this entry is 1814.
 
Location. 39° 42.507′ N, 77° 18.824′ W. Marker is near Emmitsburg, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Catoctin Mountain Highway (U.S. 15). Marker is located in the Maryland Welcome Center parking lot, off the Catoctin Mountain Highway (U.S. 15). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Emmitsburg MD 21727, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Longrifles Marker near the Welcome Center gardens image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 1, 2007
2. Longrifles Marker near the Welcome Center gardens
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markers are within walking distance of this marker. Emmitsburg (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Emmitsburg (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Emmitsburg (a few steps from this marker); Thurmont (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Thurmont (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Operation Urgent Fury and Lebanese Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Persian Gulf Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emmitsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Replica Patterns of Emmitsburg Longrifles. (Submitted on July 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. John Armstrong and his Rifles. (Submitted on July 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,467 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 11, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2. submitted on July 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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