Augusta in Kennebec County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Kennebec Arsenal / L'Arsenal du Kennebec
Augusta, Maine – The Civil War
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The U.S. Arsenal was established here in 1827. Several of its commanders became prominent in the Civil War, including Capt. James Ripley, who became a Brigadier General and Chief of the Army's Ordnance Department; Lt. Robert Anderson, who commanded Fort Sumter during its bombardment by the Confederates; and Lt. Oliver Otis Howard, who, as a Major General, commanded a corps in the Army of the Potomac and a wing of Sherman's army in its march through Georgia. Two Arsenal commanders fought for the Confederacy; Capt. Josiah Gorgas, who became a Brigadier General, and Briscoe Baldwin, who served as Chief of Ordnance for Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. As a repository of arms and manufacturer of ammunition, the Arsenal was important in Maine's participation in the War for the Union.
Erected by The Museum in the Streets™. (Marker Number 6.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Augusta, Maine – The Civil War series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1827.
Location. 44° 18.377′ N, 69° 46.531′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is on Union Street just south of Gage Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 97 Gage St, Augusta ME 04330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Capitol Park & Augusta's Doughnut Brigade / Le Parc du Capitole et la Manne de Beignets (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Augusta, Maine – The Civil War (about 800 feet away); Lincoln's Request / L'Appel de Lincoln (approx. 0.3 miles away); Maine Mounted Light Artillery / Artillerie Légère à Cheval du Maine (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Car "America" / Le Char America (approx. 0.3 miles away); Blaine Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Samantha Reed Smith (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
1. General Oliver Otis Howard
After the war General Oliver Otis Howard (sometimes cited as "O.O. Howard") founded Howard University, a prestigious historically Black university for newly freed people in the District of Columbia.
— Submitted November 18, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.