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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Arsenal Square

 
 
Arsenal Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2006
1. Arsenal Square Marker
Inscription. Two brick arsenal buildings, which once housed about 100,000 weapons produced at the Harpers Ferry Armory, occupied these grounds.

Capture of the firearms was the objective of John Brown’s 1859 raid.

Eighteen months after Brown’s attack, the Civil War erupted. When Virginia militia advanced on the town on April 18, 1861, an outnumbered Federal garrison burned the arsenal and evacuated the town. The buildings and nearly 15,000 guns were destroyed.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 19.372′ N, 77° 43.803′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Shenandoah Street and Potomac Street, on the right when traveling north on Shenandoah Street. Touch for map. Marker is in the Lower Town at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "for the deposit of arms" (here, next to this marker); High Street in 1886 (a few steps from this marker); Large Arsenal Foundation (within shouting distance of this marker); Large Arsenal (within
John Brown’s Fort image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2006
2. John Brown’s Fort
The marker can be seen to the left of the fort in the Lower Town at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
shouting distance of this marker); John Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); Harper's Ferry History (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Armory (within shouting distance of this marker); Hayward Shepherd (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
More about this marker. The top of the marker contains a photograph of “The small arsenal in 1860. It is the building on the left.”
 
Also see . . .  Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. National Park Service. (Submitted on October 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable PlacesWar, US Civil
 
Arsenal Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 17, 2009
3. Arsenal Square Marker
The marker stands on the foundation trace for one of the arsenal buildings.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,204 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on May 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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