The Resource Virginia Manufactury of Arms, : records, 1798-1864
- Virginia Manufactury of Arms, : records, 1798-1864
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- These records are part of Auditor of Public Accounts. Administration of State Government: Military Expenditures - Arsenals
- This series contains the following operational records of the armory: Account Books, 1811-1821, 33 vols.; Armory Building: Construction and Maintenance Vouchers, 1799-1811 (1 ft. 10 in.), Foundry: Vouchers, 1806-1809 (3 in.), Reports, 1801-1811 (2 in.); Artisans: Payrolls, Receipts, and Vouchers, 1798-1810, 3 ft. 9 in.; General Vouchers, 1800-1828, 6 ft. 3 in.; Gun Carriages and Repair of Arms, Receipts and Vouchers, 1812-1827, 1 ft. 8 in.; Repair of Arms, Armory, and Military Equipment, Receipts and Vouchers, 1830-1864, 2 ft. 6 in
- This series contains the following records of the office of the superintendent: Ledger, 1809-1811, 1 vol.; Vouchers, 1809-1821, 10 ft. 5 in
- Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts (1776-1928) (Search as Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts (1776-1928))
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- The Virginia Manufactory of Arms was established by an act passed by the General Assembly on 23 January 1798. The manufactory, which served as an armory as well, opened in Richmond in 1802 and reached full operating capacity by 1809. Its purpose was to furnish the state's militia with standard muskets, pistols, swords, and bayonets. It did its job so well that in December 1822 the General Assembly voted to close it, in part because of an economic recession and the increased use of weapons provided by the federal government. The building fell into disrepair until the machinery from the Harpers Ferry armory was installed in 1861 and the manufactory was leased to the Confederate government. In 1865 the structure was gutted during the Richmond evacuation fire. The remaining walls were pulled down in 1900.
- The Virginia Manufactory of Arms produced and repaired thousands of weapons and employed hundreds of artisans. Two supervisors - John Clarke (1798-1808) and John Staples (1809-1821) - oversaw the operations of the factory.
- Citation location within source
- entry no. 175
- entries 214, 216, 217
- Citation source
- Auditor of Public Accounts Inventory
- List of manuscripts recently deposited in the Virginia State Library by the state auditor;
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