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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Burnt District

 
 
Burnt District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
1. Burnt District Marker
Inscription. More than 1,000 buildings burned between 4th and 15th Streets, from Main Street to the river.

“The sky in the direction of Richmond is lurid with the glare of burning houses. …It was as if a great battle were going on around us.” Kate Mason Rowland, 1865

As the Confederates evacuated Richmond in 1865, they torched bridges, warehouses, and arsenals to keep them from the Union Army. All the buildings in the Shockoe warehouse district were destroyed. The devastation was so complete, residents afterward had trouble identifying their own streets.
 
Erected by Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk.
 
Location. 37° 32.006′ N, 77° 25.971′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South 14th Street (U.S. 360) and Dock Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is on the Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk. 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. George Washington’s Vision (a few steps from this marker); African Americans and the Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Use of Arms
Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
2. Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk
(within shouting distance of this marker); Canal Walk / Historic Canals (within shouting distance of this marker); James River & Kanawha Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Tobacco District (within shouting distance of this marker); Shockoe Slip (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Shockoe (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk. Venture Richmond (Submitted on November 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. The Fall of Richmond. Civil War Preservation Trust (Submitted on November 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
S 14 St & Dock St image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
3. S 14 St & Dock St
Richmond's Burnt District image. Click for full size.
Apr 1865
4. Richmond's Burnt District
View in the "Burnt District," Richmond, Va., showing two women dressed in black approaching shell of four-story building, gutted by fire Library of Congress. [LC-USZC4-4593]
Burnt district (horses hitched to iron fence on foreground) image. Click for full size.
By John Reekie, Apr 1865
5. Burnt district (horses hitched to iron fence on foreground)
Library of Congress [LC-B815- 942]
Richmond, Va. General view of the burned district. image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Gardner, Apr 1865
6. Richmond, Va. General view of the burned district.
Library of Congress [LC-B817- 7110]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,058 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   6. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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