Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Arsenal Destroyed

General William Techumseh Sherman’s continued his march north on March 11th 1865 when he captured the town of Fayetteville, North Carolina. He promptly ordered the Fayetteville Arsenal destroyed. The women who worked at the Arsenal had turned out over 900,000 rounds over seven months of 1864, mostly .58 caliber cartridges known as “minnies“. Most of the machinery being used at the Arsenal was made before the war at Harper’s Ferry.

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