At the outbreak of the Civil War, the state authorities seized the United States Arsenal at Fayetteville, which contained 37,000 muskets and a complete equipment for a battery of light artillery.
They were hindered by murderous tribal wars in which imported muskets more than decimated the Maori.
At the base of the monument are muskets used by United States soldiers in that war and guns captured at Cerro Gordo.
Here the famous Springfield muskets used by the Federal forces during the Civil War were manufactured (800,000 having been made during that struggle) and it is still the principal manufactory of small arms for the United States army.
And not just chairs, but bread and muskets and plows.