"for the deposit of arms" Historical

"for the deposit of arms" Historical (HM1VM0)

Location: Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.373', W 77° 43.807'

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The Small Arsenal building that stood here from 1806—1861 was one of two warehouses for the nearby United States Armory. A Harpers Ferry visitor in 1821 described both buildings as "arsenals for the deposit of arms manufactured, consisting of rifle, muskets and some pistols which are handsomely arranged and make a fine show."

In 1859 abolitionist John Brown attacked Harpers Ferry hoping to inspire a revolt against slavery. Brown wanted the arsenal's weapons to arm recruits. Brown's raid came to a bloody end, but his actions helped propel the nation into the Civil War. When fighting broke out in 1861, retreating U.S. troops burned both federal arsenal buildings to keep the weapons from falling into Confederate hands.
HM NumberHM1VM0
Placed ByNational Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, November 11th, 2016 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 264654 N 4356162
Decimal Degrees39.32288333, -77.73011667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.373', W 77° 43.807'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 22.38" N, 77° 43' 48.42" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Appalachian Trail, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, US
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