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Jan
10

Where Lincoln Walked – in Richmond

By John Michael  //  Washington Arsenal  //  No Comments

Rocketts Wharf – Where Lincoln Walked…

Rocketts Wharf Richmond

Rocketts Wharf
Richmond

#historicfortmcnair — It is rather serendipitous that the cover of the book shows Washington Arsenal after the Civil War. – “Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair” contains a row of artillery – Confederate artillery – Napoleons which were captured from the arsenal in Richmond.  Their journey began  at Rocketts Wharf they were brought for shipment.  The same place where President Abraham Lincoln disembarked and walked to the Confederate White House.

It is actually close to 2 miles away. The State Capitol is about 5 blocks above the river, (the Confederate White House a few more blocks north), but that point is at the falls of the James, which is not navigable. That is why Lincoln had to disembark and go ashore downriver from the Capitol, and walk through town. He had come up the James River from City Point near present-day Hopewell, where the Union troops were based.

The photo taken in May 1865, shows the assembled cache of captured ordnance that was  destined to end up at Washington Arsenal and on the cover of the book…

“Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair” contains over 200 historical and contemporary photographs which highlight some of the people and events of this historical US Army Post. It is the site of the incarceration, trial and hanging of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. Familiar names such as Walter Reed, Theodore Roosevelt along with Abraham Lincoln walked among the acres which has become an Army post in tribute to one of the highest ranking officers killed in action during World War II.  Current home to the headquarters of the Military District of Washington, the post is also shared by National Defense University along with several of its colleges.   The US Army’s Center for Military History also occupies one of the historic buildings on post which originally was the quartermaster stables then the post exchange… perhaps a good place to “horse around” … don’cha think?

OVER 200 HISTORICAL IMAGES, MAPS & ILLUSTRATIONS

The book, Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair contains over two hundred historical photographs, images and illustrations which chronicle the two hundred plus years of history among the acres of this US Army Post.

The book “Images of America – Fort Lesley J McNair”  is “a walk down memory lane” as one reader called it after he turned the last page.  Go beyond

Images of America - Fort Lesley J. McNair

Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair

the website and read more of the history with your own copy – BUY THE BOOK offers the opportunity to get either a personalized & autographed copy from the author or purchase the book from one of the major resellers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct
12

Washington Arsenal – Provisioner to the Union

By John Michael  //  Washington Arsenal  //  No Comments

 

It’s Now an Arsenal

Prior to and during the US Civil War, Washington Arsenal played a significant role in provisioning and distribution to the needs of the Union Army. It was here that the production from the foundries were collected and production of shot and shell happened.  During the height of the war, the worker population within the arsenal were several hundred – they were either assembling gun carriages & limbers or producing cartridges.

Railroad tracks criss-crossed the acres of the peninsula to transport materials or finished products.  Given the location, easy access to the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers provided smooth transfer of materials, ordnance and even troops, supplies and other related items.

Women Workers – The Explosion

Among the workers within the arsenal were young women and girls who would be charged with the task of assembling cartridges.  Output on a daily basis was extensive and numbered around 125,000 cartridges.  Catastrophe would occur in 1864 … the month of JUNE when an explosion took the lives of twenty-one of these workers and destroyed the building they were working .

Arsenal Workers

Arsenal Workers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cannon Balls Artillery Tubes and Limbers

In other buildings work was done to build the carriages where the artillery tubes were placed.  They were complemented by other areas where workers would build the limbers to haul the artillery piece and caissons.  The acres were full of the final products that would be either shipped out by boat or on railroad car to the field of battle

Artillery Limbers and Caissons

Artillery Limbers and Caissons

OVER 200 HISTORICAL IMAGES, MAPS & ILLUSTRATIONS

The book, Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair contains over two hundred historical photographs, images and illustrations which chronicle the two hundred plus years of history among the acres of this US Army Post.

The book “Images of America – Fort Lesley J McNair”  is “a walk down memory lane” as one reader called it after he turned the last page.  Go beyond

Images of America - Fort Lesley J. McNair

Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair

the website and read more of the history with your own copy – BUY THE BOOK offers the opportunity to get either a personalized & autographed copy from the author or purchase the book from one of the major resellers.

JOHN MICHAEL CREATIVES    —   JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

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