The Powder Magazine

The Powder Magazine (HMPQC)

Location: Ironton, MO 63650 Iron County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 37.188', W 90° 38.4'

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This crater marks the site of the powder magazine. The underground structure was 40 feet long, 12 feet high and 12 feet wide. It was covered with 15 feet of earth to protect it from enemy fire. Some 20 tons of gunpowder and ammunition were stored here during the battle.

At midnight, the defenders silently evacuated the fort. Equipment that could not be taken was piled against the magazine and the Union dead were laid nearby. An hour later a party of volunteers lit a fuse to the magazine and galloped for safety.

"...suddenly the heavens were lighted up by a grand column of fire ascending hundreds of feet... and making the whole region reverberate with a sound as though a mighty thunderbolt had riven Pilot Knob..."

The startled Confederates did not realize that the fort had been evacuated. Maj. Gen. Price presumed that an accident had ignited the magazine and that the fort would surrender in the morning.
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Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 8:42pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 708282 N 4166251
Decimal Degrees37.61980000, -90.64000000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 37.188', W 90° 38.4'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 37' 11.28" N, 90° 38' 24.00" W
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Area Code(s)573
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 402 Old Hwy 21, Ironton MO 63650, US
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