Thursday, April 3, 2008

External Magazine of the U.S. Arsenal - Chattahoochee, Florida

The structure at the center of this photograph is one of the surviving buildings of the historic U.S. or Apalachicola Arsenal at Chattahoochee, Florida.

This building was one of the original external magazines of the arsenal and was located outside the main complex (for safety reasons). It is now on the grounds of the Florida State Hospital.

The appearance of the magazine has been altered significantly since the Civil War. The flat part of the roof is not original and covers what was open space at the time of the war. The outside wall was then not part of the original building, but surrounded the actual magazine for security purposes. The intervening space between the wall and the magazine has since been roofed over, forming one large building instead of a smaller building surrounded by a defensive wall.

This was one of the structures seized by the Quincy Guards in January of 1861, even before Florida withdrew from the Union. To see some of the other surviving arsenal buildings, just look back through the archives here and you will find an earlier series I posted about it.


sara said...

This is a great blog! I never realized Fla. had such a rich civil war history. I have toured several civil war sites, but have obviously missed a lot right here at home. Thank you.

Dale said...

Thank you very much for the kind words! I think some of the most fascinating places are sometimes right outside our own front doors!