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Confederate Laboratory

 
 
Confederate Laboratory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
1. Confederate Laboratory Marker
Inscription. Brown’s Island was the site of the Confederate Laboratory, a major powder-loading and cartridge-producing plant during the Civil War.

During the Civil War, the hazardous work of loading powder was carried out here on Brown’s 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); Brown’s Island
Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
2. Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk
(about 300 feet away); 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
 
Richmond, Virginia. Ruins of State Arsenal image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Gardner, Apr 1865
3. Richmond, Virginia. Ruins of State Arsenal
The frame buildings visible on the far side of the Haxall Canal are the Confederate Laboratories on Brown's Island.Library of Congress [LC-B811- 884]
Shockoe Hill Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 20, 2009
4. Shockoe Hill Cemetery
Fourteen of the victims of the March 1863 explosion are buried in this unmarked section of Shockoe Hill cemetery.
UDC Monument in Oakwood Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 5, 2009
5. UDC Monument in Oakwood Cemetery
In memory of those who lost their lives in the explosion of C.S. Laboratories on Brown's Island - Richmond, Virginia, March 13, 1863

Though their hands were small and not hardened in battle their service to the Confederacy looms large.

May this stone serve as a perpetual memorial to the dedication and sacrifice of these forgotten and unsung victims.

"Let us remember them as time and tide move on in endless rhyme while bud and blossom, hill and tree
remember them, so shall we." Oliver Reeves

Erected by Virginia Division,
United Daughters of the Confederacy,

Dedicated September 15, 2001
Names and ages of the victims. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 5, 2009
6. Names and ages of the victims.
Mary Ryan, 18 • Mary Blessingham, 12 • Eliza Willis, 10 • Elizabeth Young, 33 • Mary Archer, 12 • Sarah Haney • Annie Peddicord • Mary Annie Garnett, 13 • Barbara A. Jackson, 16 • Robert S. Chaple, 15 • Elizabeth S. Moore, 15 • Delia Clemens, 20 • Sarah Foster, 14 • Sarah Marshall, 67 • Rev John H. Woodcock, 63 • Alice Johnson, 17 • Mary E. Valentine, 14 • Margaret Drustly, 16 • Amelia Diefenback, 15 • Mary Zerhum, 12 • Anne E. Bolton, 14 • Nannie Horan, 14 • Virginia E. Page, 13 • Mary Ellen Wallace, 12 • Emma Virginia Blankenshp, 15 • Margaret Alexander, 15 • Caroline Zietenheimer, 16 • Martha Clemmons, 25 • James Currie • Mary O’Brien • Martha Burley • Martha Daley • Mrs. Ann Dodson • Julia A. Brannon • Mary Rowlin • Catherine McCarthy • Mary Zinginham • Mary Whitehurst • Maria Brien • Ella Smith • Annie Davis • Mary Cushing • Louisa Ricely • Ellen Sullivan • Mary O’Connors • Virginia A. Mayer, 12
 
 
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