Brigadier Gen. Thomas J. Rodman, the “Father of Rock Island Arsenal,” commanded the base from 1865 until his death in 1871. He shifted its mission from storage and maintenance to manufacturing and designed the 10 stone shop buildings and ancillary buildings that made up the “great National Arsenal” as well as the original houses.
Brigadier Gen. Thomas J. Rodman, the “Father of Rock Island Arsenal,” commanded the base from 1865 until his death in 1871. He shifted its mission from storage and maintenance to manufacturing and designed the 10 stone shop buildings and ancillary buildings that made up the “great National Arsenal” as well as the original houses. Courtesy of Rock Island Arsenal Museum
Brigadier Gen. Thomas J. Rodman, the “Father of Rock Island Arsenal,” commanded the base from 1865 until his death in 1871. He shifted its mission from storage and maintenance to manufacturing and designed the 10 stone shop buildings and ancillary buildings that made up the “great National Arsenal” as well as the original houses. Courtesy of Rock Island Arsenal Museum