San Antonio Arsenal

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San Antonio Arsenal (1859-1949) - A U.S. Federal Arsenal established in 1858 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. The Arsenal was moved to Camp Stanley in 1931 and the site was abandoned by the U.S. Army in 1949.

San Antonio Arsenal Commanders House
San Antonio Arsenal Marker

San Antonio Arsenal History

The Arsenal was located in San Antonio on a site selected by Captain R.H.K. Whiteley. Construction began in 1859 and by the start of the U.S. Civil War the magazine, office building and armorer shop were under construction. Confederate forces took control of the arsenal in 1861 and the arsenal supplied Confederate forces throughout the U.S. Civil War. Federal forces resumed control of the arsenal in November of 1865 and continued the construction. Expansion continued over the years and by 1920 the arsenal had forty-four buildings. The Arsenal was moved out of the city to Camp Stanley in 1931 but the U.S. Army kept control of the site until it was deactivated in 1947.


San Antonio Arsenal Partial Commanders List (edit list)
Assumed Relieved Rank Name Cullum Notes
1858 1861  Capt. Whitely, Robert H. K. 599 Command was cut short by the Confederate seizure of the Arsenal, 1861.
 Col. Stockton, Philip 1568 Confederate command; no earlier than 1862.
1865-11-16 1866-12  Capt. Todd, John W. 1541
1867-01-01 1869-06-08  1st Lt. Arnold, Isaac 1979 While commanding post, he was promoted to Captain, Mar. 7, 1867.
1869-10-24 1870-11-22  Capt. Bradford, Thomas C. 1938
1870-12-01 1871-06-28  Capt. Hall, Robert H. 1878 Date as given in Cullum's Register overlaps with the next.
1871-05-05 1879-11-25  Capt. Comly, Clifton 1985 While commanding post, he was promoted to Major, Aug. 2, 1829. Date as given in Cullum's Register overlaps with the preceding.
1879-11-17 1882-06-16  Capt. Phipps, Frank H. 2005 Date as given in Cullum's Register overlaps with the preceding.
1883-11-03 1887-11-24  Maj. Arnold, Isaac 1979
1887-11-15 1889-01-16  Maj. Babbitt, Lawrence S. 1947 On sick leave Jan. 16 to Apr. 15, 1889, then resumed command.
1889-01-29 1889-04-27  Lt. Col. Parker, Francis H. 1952 Date as given in Cullum's Register overlaps with the next.
1889-04-16 1889-10  Maj. Babbitt, Lawrence S. 1947 Resuming command after sick leave; date as given in Cullum's Register overlaps with the preceding, who replaced him during his leave. While commanding post, he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, Sept. 15, 1890.
1890-10 1891-06  Maj. Marye, William A. 1977 While commanding post, he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, Jan. 31, 1891.
1903-08-23 1906-11-12  Lt. Col. Pitman, John 2165 While commanding post, he was promoted to Colonel, Jan. 21, 1904.
1906-11-12 1907-10-27  Lt. Col. Baker, Frank 2415
1907-11-26 1912-12-20  Lt. Col. Clark, Charles H. 2558 While commanding post, he was promoted to Colonel, Oct. 23, 1910.
1919-09-30 1920-06-04  Col. Casad, Adam Floy 4079 Date of the end of his command is uncertain; not given in Cullum's Register, but he was relieved of duty in the Ordnance Department on that date.
1923-08-01 1926-08-15  Maj. Kiehl, Philip J. R. 4381
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The Cullum Number is the graduation order from the United States Military Academy by year and class rank and links to a page for the officer on the website version of the Cullum Register. Listings without a Cullum Number indicate that the person was not a graduate of the United States Military Academy.

Current Status

Much of the arsenal grounds is now the company headquarters for the H.E.B. Corporation. The 1883 Arsenal Commanders Quarters is part of a 2.7 acre city park and is used as a senior center for the community.


Location: San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.

Maps & Images

Lat: 29.417055 Long: -98.494694

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Visited: 23 Nov 2011



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