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Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Augusta Arsenal

(Augusta State University)

 
 
Augusta Arsenal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 4, 2011
1. Augusta Arsenal Marker
Inscription.
In January 1861,
U.S. Troops
surrendered the
Arsenal to the State of
Georgia, soon to be part
of the Confederacy. That
year Confederates
constructed a large shop building
near the eastern wall to house
several functions: Part was a hospital
part was a storehouse, and the remainder
contained a blacksmith shop, tin shop and the harness and equipment department for the field artillery.

(Left Panel)
By the late
1800s / early 1900s
the shop building
provided storage for
the ordnance as well as
housed a machine shop and
foundry at this time. The
arsenal manufactured cast iron
shells, cavalry equipment and
seacoast targets. Its works also
included reconditioning small arms.
Cast iron scraps and steel were smelted
in the foundry. A small portable brass foundry
made brass castings.

(Right Panel)
In World War II
the machine shop
workers in the
south wing of the old
Confederate building
reconditioned rifles and small
arms. Cast iron shells were made
in the foundry. In 1969 the college
demolished the north and south wings
of the building for college parking. The
final portion of the building, its
Augusta Arsenal Marker, left panel image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 4, 2011
2. Augusta Arsenal Marker, left panel
center, came
down in the winter of 1971 - 1972.


 
Erected 2011.
 
Location. 33° 28.547′ N, 82° 1.131′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is on Katherine Street, on the left. Touch for map. Located on Campus of Augusta State University, a part of the History Walk, campus-wide to commemorate notable history of Augusta State University and the Augusta Arsenal. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30904, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Augusta Arsenal 1941 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Great Indian Trading Path (about 600 feet away); Home of Richard Henry Wilde (approx. 0.2 miles away); Montrose (approx. mile away); a different marker also named The Augusta Arsenal (approx. mile away); Bellevue (approx. mile away); The Bell at Augusta State University (approx. mile away); Augusta College Three Original Arsenal Buildings (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .  Augusta State University / Augusta Arsenal-. In 1860, during "Nullification Troubles", the U.S. government re-enforced the arsenal with 22,000 muskets and rifles along
Augusta Arsenal Marker, right panel image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 4, 2011
3. Augusta Arsenal Marker, right panel
with an artillery unit commanded by Captain Arnold Elzey. When Georgia seceded from the Union on January 19, 1861, Governor Joseph E. Brown called for the arsenal's surrender, a demand backed by a thousand local militiamen. (Submitted on June 12, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Military
 
Augusta Arsenal Marker, overview, next to the mentioned parking lot image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 4, 2011
4. Augusta Arsenal Marker, overview, next to the mentioned parking lot
Augusta Arsenal Guardhouse adjacent image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 30, 2011
5. Augusta Arsenal Guardhouse adjacent
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 12, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 425 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 12, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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