“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

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By Bryan Simmons, 2011
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Inscription. There were nine magazines within the fort's bastions and fronts during the Civil War, all of the located at the parade ground level. They were lined with wood to prevent a soldier's gun or belt buckle from striking against the granite walls and causing a spark, which could set off an explosion of volatile black powder. This large magazine for the storage of bulk ordinance supplies was part of an 1869 modernization plan. Its isolated location, heavy construction and surrounding wall reflect further efforts to protect the garrison from chance explosions. Additional magazines were built at the same time on top of the coverface close to the long-range artillery.
Erected by Boston Harbor Islands State Park.
Location. 42° 19.193′ N, 70° 55.668′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Touch for map. Marker is located in the center of the parade ground on the magazine building in Fort Warren on Georges Island. Marker is in this post office area: Hull MA 02045, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Parade Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Bastion C (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Mess
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Marker is on the left side of the entrance way
(about 300 feet away); Political Prisoners (about 300 feet away); Fort Warren (about 300 feet away); Bakery (about 300 feet away); Enlisted Men (about 300 feet away); The "Dark Arch" (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
Categories. Forts, Castles
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on September 9, 2017, by Marc Belanger of Taunton, Massachusetts. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 6, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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