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Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Carlisle Forge

The Forge at Washingtonburg

 
 
The Carlisle Forge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. The Carlisle Forge Marker
Inscription. This building is a representation of the forge that stood at Washingtonburg, site of present day Carlisle Barracks, during the American Revolution. Our working forge features a replica of a bellows that is purported to be the original bellows of the Carlisle Forge, part of AHEC’s collection.

The original forge was part of the “Public Works at Carlisle,” a government arsenal authorized by the Continental Congress in December 1776 to provide the Continental Army with much needed arms, ammunition and other supplies. The forge was used to create and repair weapons for the Army.

General George Washington directed Colonel Benjamin Flower to establish the arsenal at Carlisle in January 1777. Col. Flower was ordered to “…erect or provide such buildings as shall be necessary for carrying on the preparation of fixed ammunition of every specie. An air furnace to be erected there to hold three thousand weights of fluxed metal. A mill for the purpose of boring cannon, etc. after they are cast. Shops sufficient for forty carpenters, forty blacksmiths, and twenty wheelwrights. Turners, tinmen, in proportion to the demand of the laboratory shall have for them. Also twelve harness makers to make spare harnesses single and double.” [as quoted in Tousey’s Military History of Carlisle and Carlisle Barracks, page 79]
 
Location.

Insert - a forge interior image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. Insert - a forge interior
40° 12.25′ N, 77° 9.543′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Drummer Jarvis Hanks (here, next to this marker); Model 1857 Light 12 Pound Gun-Howitzer (within shouting distance of this marker); Bugler John Cook (within shouting distance of this marker); A Toll Paid in Blood (within shouting distance of this marker); Obstacle Course (within shouting distance of this marker); Training Center (within shouting distance of this marker); A Century of Protection (within shouting distance of this marker); A Soldier Story (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Insert - reenactors working at the forge image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - reenactors working at the forge
The forge building image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
4. The forge building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 1, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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