Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Anniversary of Apalachicola Arsenal seizure (Jan. 6, 1861)

Today (1/6/2015) is the 154th anniversary of the seizure of the Apalachicola Arsenal at Chattahoochee, Florida.

Built in 1834-1839, the arsenal was named for the Apalachicola River and served as an important supply depot and weapons repair facility during the Second Seminole War. It was the location of important U.S. Army gunpowder experiments during the 1850s.

The tense but non-violent seizure of the arsenal by the Quincy Young Guards on January 6, 1861, opened the War Between the States in Florida.

To read more about the incident, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/arsenal1.

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