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This is the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the western world and provides manufacturing, logistics, and base support services for the Armed Forces.
The Arsenal has a rich and engaging history. The Island was originally established as a government site in 1816 - with the building of Fort Armstrong. It has been an active manufacturer of military equipment and ordnance since the 1880s.
During the Civil War, Arsenal Island was home to a large Union army prison camp for captured Confederate soldiers (the Rock Island Prison Barracks). A total of 1,964 Confederate prisoners and 125 Union guards are buried in the adjacent military cemetery, including 49 members of the 108th Regiment of United States Colored Troops, most of which died from disease or exposure. The prison camp was operational from December 1863 until July 1865 when the last prisoners were freed and sent home. During its two years in operation, the prison camp housed over 12,400 different Confederates.
The Rock Island Arsenal Museum was established on July 4, 1905. It is the second oldest US Army Museum in the United States after the West Point Museum. The museum has been closed down twice, during World War I and World War II, to provide more space for manufacturing facilities.
The Arsenal is an economic development engine as well as a symbolic and legendary vestibule of our country’s history and our community’s honor.
The project will be made available for educational purposes to Scott County residents in the museum and through school distribution. The DVD will be sold for a small fee if requested by members of the public.
The video’s value lies in education and recognition of the pride and importance of the Arsenal to anyone who lives, works or plays in the area. It will enhance the Arsenal’s image and provide information so that its viewers are educated and moved by the history and relevance of the Arsenal.
We are requesting a one paragraph read from the script for audition. 2009-02-26 14:04:23 GMT 2009-03-06 16:15:32 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed - Note: This project was manually closed by the voice seeker before it reached its original deadline. 20 5 4 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 3 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 15 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 17 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud
To the U.S. Government, the 946-acre island was perfect for a different reason. Its strategic location could play a significant role in securing an American presence in the new frontier.
An 1804 treaty with the Sauk (pronounced SAWCK) and Fox tribes made the island the property of the US government.
The commanding view of the Mississippi from the western tip of the island provided an ideal US military lookout. Fort Armstrong – built in 1816 along a cliffs-edge - was part of a chain of forts built along the upper Mississippi Valley.
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