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"The Liberty Arsenal: An Ordnance Depot on the Missouri Frontier."
In 1835, citizens of Liberty, Missouri had concerns regarding local Indian tribes. They petitioned Congress for the approval and funding to build an Ordnance Depot. The Arsenal (Depot) was finished in 1839. In its early years the supplies it held and ordnance it put together helped stock Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. While the success of the Depot / Arsenal, at first, was a location stationed with around 100 soldiers. These soldiers made bullets, caissons to carry cannon, and possibly gun stocks, as well as store any and all military items coming up the Missouri River. Around 1848, the Ordnance Department of the United States Army, which oversaw the Arsenal effectively decommisioned it. The 100 soldiers were withdrawn and only a handful remained, which included the Storekeeper (in charge), and several laborer and armorers.

The Arsenal has played a pivotal role in two conflicts, one in 1855 and one in 1861. The Arsenal survived and continued to provide its service, but in a much smaller capacity. I will be providing the history of this piece of local Military History.

Jan 12, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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