Rock Island Arsenal

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In July 1862, Pres. Abraham Lincoln signed legislation to create Rock Island Arsenal, envisioning a supply and maintenance facility. After the Civil War, Rock Island became home to a great national arsenal. It made everything soldiers needed and supplied saddles, rifles, canteens, haversacks, artillery, tanks, and ammunition to the Army on the frontier and around the world. Rock Island Arsenal, located on an island in the Mississippi River, has long been the center of the local Illinois-Iowa community and the largest employer in the area. Beginning as a modest wooden fort, the arsenal grew to become the largest public-works project of the 19th century, the home of a National Historic Landmark, and the host of numerous historical events. Rock Island Arsenal still bustles as a center of Army logistics and is critical to sustaining the nation's armed forces in peace and war.
ISBN: 9781467112703
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 206
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
George Eaton is a Quad Cities area military historian who has developed a deep interest, appreciation, and understanding of the role of Rock Island Arsenal in supporting the Army for over 150 years. In his dozen years in the community, Eaton has worked tirelessly to tell the story of the arsenal and encourage tourism at Arsenal Island. The majority of the images included appear courtesy of the Rock Island Arsenal Museum.
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