“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Fredericksburg Gun Manufactory

Fredericksburg Gun Manufactory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 15, 2007
1. Fredericksburg Gun Manufactory Marker
Inscription. The Fredericksburg Gun Manufactory was established by an ordinance passed by Virginia's third revolutionary convention on 17 July 1775. Built on this site soon thereafter by Fielding Lewis and Charles Dick, it was the first such factory in America. Its workers repaired and manufactured small arms for the regiments of numerous Virginia counties during the Revolutionary War. The factory’s principal product was modeled after the British Brown Bess musket, the standard infantry arm of the day. Only a handful of the Fredericksburg muskets survive. In 1783 the factory closed and the General Assembly transferred the land and buildings to the trustees of the Fredericksburg Academy. The property was sold to a merchant in 1801 and later subdivided.
Erected 1994 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number N-7.)
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 17.594′ N, 77° 27.539′ W. Marker was in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker was on Clarke Street just north of Ferdinand Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Spanish War Veterans (within shouting
Marker on Dunmore Street image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 15, 2007
2. Marker on Dunmore Street
distance of this marker); Camp Cobb at Gunnery Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia Central Railway Trail (approx. ¼ mile away); Brig. Gen. John Minor (approx. ¼ mile away); Rocky Lane (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Sentry Box (approx. 0.3 miles away); Welcome to Fredericksburg, Va (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fredericksburg City Dock (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Also see . . .  Who Was Who at the Fredericksburg Gun Factory?. (Submitted on July 15, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.)
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceWar, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,610 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on December 10, 2017, by Michael Weeks of Chicago, Illinois. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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