Watervliet Arsenal

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Watervliet Arsenal (1813-Present) - The Watervliet Arsenal was founded in 1813 during the War of 1812 and has been manufacturing guns for America's defense ever since. In 1887, the arsenal became America's "Cannon Factory." It is the only U.S. Army manufacturing facility for large caliber cannon in volume. (Watervliet is pronounced water-vuh-leet)

Watervliet Museum Large Gun Display, 16", 12" and 8" Naval Gun Tube Ends
Watervliet Museum Large Gun Display, 16", 12" and 8" Naval Gun Tubes
Watervliet Museum Bldg. 38, the Cast Iron Building
Watervliet Arsenal 16" M1895 No. 1
Watervliet Arsenal Quarters No. 2

Guns of Interest

Watervliet Museum, 13" Siege Mortar
  • Model 1888MII - 10" Caliber, 367.25" Long
  • Model 1895MI - 12" Caliber, 442.56" Long
  • Model 1897MI - 6" Caliber, 277.85" Long
  • Model 1890MI - 12" Caliber Mortar, 129.25" Long
  • Model 1900 - 6" Caliber, 310.4" Long
  • Model 1900 - 10" Caliber, 420.6" Long
  • Model 1903 - 3" Caliber, 154.5" Long
  • Model 1905 - 6" Caliber, 309.8" Long
  • Model T2 - 6" Caliber, 309.90" Long



Watervliet Arsenal Partial Commanders List (edit list)
Assumed Relieved Rank Name Cullum Notes
1851 1857  Maj. Symington, John 126
1857 1861  Maj. Mordecai, Alfred 326
1861-05-14 1863-12-17  Maj. Thornton, William A. 403 Promoted Lt.‑Colonel Mar. 3, 1863
1861-05 1861-07 ’1st Lt. Strong, George C. 1764 Temporary commander, apparently during the absence of the preceding.
1863-12-25 1866-08-12 •Lt. Col. Hagner, Peter V. 866
1880-12-03 1881-09-29  Maj. Buffington, Adelbert R. 1894 Promoted Lt.‑Colonel June 1, 1881.
1881-11-02 1886-05-24 •Lt. Col. Mordecai, Alfred 1941
1886-06-05 •Lt. Col. Whittemore, James M. 1854 Cullum's Register gives no indication of when he relinquished command. He was promoted Colonel Jan. 3, 1887.
1889-11-21 1892-12-12 •Lt. Col. Parker, Francis H. 1952
1893 1898  Maj. Arnold, Isaac 1979 Promoted Lt.‑Colonel Feb. 22, 1897.
1898-02-23 1899-05-05 –Col. Mordecai, Alfred 1941
1899-05-26 1903-02-18 –Col. Farley, Joseph P. 1953
1905-04 1907-10-31  Maj. MacNutt, Ira 2329 Promoted Lt.‑Colonel June 25, 1906.
1908-01 1918-02-15 •Lt. Col. Gibson, William Wesley 2765 Promoted Colonel Sep. 2, 1912.
1919-03-10 1921-07-16 •Lt. Col. Benét, J. Walker 2860
1929-09-29 1932-02-28 –Col. Schull, Herman W. 3886
1945-04-01 1946-04-30 –Col. Partridge, Clarence E. 4766
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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

Watervliet Arsenal Marker

Active Military Installation. The Watervliet Museum is on post and is undergoing renovation, it will be closed through July 2012. It may have reopened, but is reported as having been closed in the fall of 2013.


Location: On the Hudson River, just a few miles north of the New York State Capital at Albany.


Maps & Images

Lat: 42.719194 Long: -73.706717

Sources:

  • Swantek, John, Watervliet Arsenal: A History of America's Oldest Arsenal 1813-2009, Watervliet Public Affairs Office, January 2009, 590 pages

Links:

Visited: 3 May 2012

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