Old Arsenal Museum, Baton Rouge

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    Military History of Baton Rouge - FREE

    by Basaic Written Feb 6, 2015

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    Although this Old Arsenal Powder Magazine was built in 1835 it is the third one on this old military post. An earlier one was here while the area was under French control. There was another, smaller one built prior when the Pentagon Barracks were being constructed in 1819. However, it was deemed too small and too close to the barracks so the current building was completed. Many prominent military leaders during the Civil War either commanded here or came through here including later presidents, Zachary Taylor and Ulysses S. Grant and General Robert E. Lee. Union Forces occupied the building in 1862 until the end of the war. By 1886, the building was no longer used as an arsenal and the building and the land around the current capitol building was given to Louisiana State University which maintained a campus here until around the time the new state capitol was built in the 1930s. The arsenal survived several attempts to tear it down and today shows a part of the past of Baton Rouge and Louisiana. They give you an informative brochure showing stations to stop at and learn the history. Hours are 9 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday. Grounds are open dawn to dusk. Admission is FREE.

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    Old Arsenal Museum

    by DJMist Written Jul 17, 2007

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    This building was a powder magazine for the U.S. Army Post during the Civil War period. It later served as a veternary clinic while LSU cumpus was located on these grounds. Now serves as a museum.

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