Armory’s value rose as Civil War began

The Springfield Armory acquired a new importance as the Civil War broke out. One by one, the Southern states had seceded, beginning with South Carolina on Dec. 20, 1860. As they did so, they confiscated the federal property within their borders, including forts and arsenals. The confiscations provided the South with a massive windfall of uniforms, gunpowder, rations – and guns.

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