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Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Civil War Women’s Riot

 
 
Civil War Women’s Riot Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 30, 2011
1. Civil War Women’s Riot Marker
Inscription. On April 11, 1863, during the American Civil War, sixty-five Columbus women armed with knives and pistols rallied at this site and marched down Broad Street raiding the stores of speculators before police could restore order. During the war many planters ignored the Confederate government’s plea to grow food crops and continued to focus on cotton production instead, which was much more profitable but resulted in a food shortage that hit southern urban women particularly hard. Hoarding food and other commodities by speculating merchants made problems even worse. Women responded by staging riots all across the South, including in every major city in Georgia.
 
Erected 2011 by Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. (Marker Number 106-2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 28.29′ N, 84° 59.593′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is on Broadway 0 miles north of 13th Street, in the median. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Parker Swift I (about
Civil War Women’s Riot Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 30, 2011
2. Civil War Women’s Riot Marker
Looking north on Broadway, at the marker and the fountain by which it stands
400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Columbus (about 400 feet away); General Benning (about 600 feet away); Eagle & Phenix Mills (about 700 feet away); First Black Public School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Haiman's Sword Factory (approx. 0.2 miles away); High Uptown Historic District / Garrett-Bullock-Delay House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of Robert Winship Woodruff (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 842 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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