Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
During the Civil War, the hazardous work of loading powder was carried out here on Browns Island because of its separation from the city by water. On March 13, 1864, a huge explosion killed 46 workers – mostly women whom hard times had forced into this dangerous occupation.
Erected by Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk.
Location. 37° 32.058′ N, 77° 26.545′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South 7th Street and Tredegar Street. Click for map. This marker is on the Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk on Brown's Island. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Jasper (within shouting distance of this marker); R&P Railroad Piers (within shouting distance of this marker); Canal Walk / Historic Canals (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Falls of the James (about 300 feet away); Browns Island Manchester & Free Bridges (about 300 feet away); Albemarle Paper (about 400 feet away); Electricity for Streetcars (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Confederate States Laboratory. Civil War Richmond (Submitted on November 5, 2009.)
2. Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk. Venture Richmond (Submitted on November 5, 2009.)
3. Women and Girls in the Brown's Island Explosion. Civil War Women (Submitted on November 5, 2009.)
4. Dedication of monument to victims of CS Laboratories explosion. Virginia Division UDC and Virginia Division CofC (Submitted on November 5, 2009.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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