Powder Magazine and Filling Room

Powder Magazine and Filling Room (HM4SG)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22304
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 49.839', W 77° 6.145'

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Ammunition for the fort's guns was kept in underground storage facilities called magazines and filling rooms. Shells were armed and sometimes stored in the filling room, while the magazine was used to hold black powder and crated rounds. Implements for firing the cannons could also be kept in the filling room.

Duty in either the filling room or the magazine was hazardous as the slightest spark could ignite the highly explosive black powder. Soldiers assigned to this task were required to remove all metal from their persons and to wear protective coverings on their shoes.
HM NumberHM4SG
Series This marker is part of the Defenses of Washington series
Placed ByCity of Alexandria
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 10:10am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 317506 N 4300083
Decimal Degrees38.83065000, -77.10241667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.839', W 77° 6.145'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 50.34" N, 77° 6' 8.70" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4301 W Braddock Rd, Alexandria VA 22304, US
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