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Brown's Island Disaster

 
 
Brown's Island Disaster Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 17, 2014
1. Brown's Island Disaster Monument
Inscription.
On March 13, 1863, an explosion destroyed much of the Confederate States Laboratory, a munitions facility on Brown's Island in the James River. 47 workers died, mostly girls under the age 17, who helped fill manpower needs and whose small hands were useful in such work.

Fourteen were interred in this cemetery in unmarked graves. Four are at this spot next to each other.

Emma Blankenship 15 Wilhelmina Defenbach 15 Virginia Mayer 12 Caroline Zietenmayer 16

Others interred elsewhere in the cemetery are:

Margaret Alexander 12 Anne E. Bolton 14 Martha Clemmons 25 Margaret Drustling 16 Nannie Horan 14 Alice Johnson 12 Virginia C. Page 13 Mary Valentine 14 Mary Ellen Wallace 12 Mary Zerhum 12

Placed by the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery
with the support of the Order of the Southern Cross and Pickett Chapter #115, M.O.S. & B.
March 2013

 
Erected 2013 by Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery.
 
Location. 37° 33.1′ N, 77° 25.883′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Hospital Street and North 4th Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Shockoe Hill Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 17, 2014
2. Shockoe Hill Cemetery
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shockoe Hill Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Union POW Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Great Chief Justice" (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Shockoe Hill Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Shockoe Hill Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hebrew Cemetery (about 400 feet away); Engine Company No. 9 Fire Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Saint Joseph Catholic Church (approx. 0.3 miles 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. Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. (Submitted on December 17, 2014.)
2. Women and Girls in the Browns Island Explosion. Civil War Women (Submitted on December 17, 2014.) 

3. Information about the C. S. Laboratory in Richmond, VA during the Civil War. Civil War Richmond (Submitted on December 18, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisastersWar, US Civil
 
Emma Blankenship, Age 15 image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 17, 2014
3. Emma Blankenship, Age 15
Wilhelmina Defenbach, Age 15 image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 17, 2014
4. Wilhelmina Defenbach, Age 15
Virginia Mayer, Age 12 image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 17, 2014
5. Virginia Mayer, Age 12
Caroline Zietenheimer, Age 16 image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 17, 2014
6. Caroline Zietenheimer, Age 16
Small Ammunition Laboratory, Richmond image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Gardner, April 5, 1865
7. Small Ammunition Laboratory, Richmond
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   7. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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