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Harrodsburg in Mercer County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Early Gun Shop Site / Civil War Armorer

 
 
Early Gun Shop Site Marker (obverse) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
1. Early Gun Shop Site Marker (obverse)
Inscription.  
Early Gun Shop Site

Here Benjamin Mills made some of finest rifles in US, ca. 1830-50. His muzzle loaders famous for dual trigger system. Used by Kit Carson and Dr. Christopher Graham, conceded to be best rifle shot in world at that time. Used at The Alamo and on Fremont expeditions. The Boone Shooting Club, of which Graham and Gov. Beriah Magoffin were members, held matches behind this shop. Over.

Civil War Armorer

At raid of Harpers Ferry arsenal by John Brown, 1859, Mills, as armorer, was captured. Rescued next day by Marines under Col. Robert E. Lee. US offered position as chief armorer at Springfield, Mass., if he would stay with the Union. Declined offer, casting his lot with the South. During the war, he worked at Palmetto, South Carolina, arsenal. Over.
 
Erected 1970 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1335.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location.
Civil War Armorer Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. Civil War Armorer Marker (reverse)
37° 45.516′ N, 84° 50.644′ W. Marker is in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, in Mercer County. Marker is on Mooreland Avenue east of Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrodsburg KY 40330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); United Presbyterian Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Mother Town of Kentucky (about 300 feet away); Clay Hill (about 400 feet away); Old Mercer County Jail (about 400 feet away); Harrodsburg Springs (about 400 feet away); Harrodsburg Baptist Church (about 400 feet away); Harrodsburg Christian Church (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrodsburg.
 
Mooreland Ave image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
3. Mooreland Ave
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 644 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 20, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.
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