Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
U.S. Arsenal Explosion Memorial
Dedicated to the Memory of the Victims of the U.S. Arsenal Explosion on June 17, 1864
W. E. Tippett
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
The Ladies & Men of the Ancient Order of Hibernians
June 17, 2014
Erected 2014 by The Sons of Union Veterans & The Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Location. 38° 52.889′ N, 76° 58.832′ W. Marker is in Washington, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 17th Street Southeast and G Street East, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in the the Congressional Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1801 E Street Southeast, Washington DC 20003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barney at Bladensburg (within shouting distance of this marker); John Philip Sousa "The Healing Poles" (about 400 feet away); General Peterson Goodwyn (about 500 feet away); Heroes of 1814 (about 600 feet away); Historic Congressional Cemetery (about 600 feet away); Elbridge Gerry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seafarers Yacht Club (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
Regarding U.S. Arsenal Explosion Memorial. “Washington Arsenal Explosion. An accidental explosion and fire at a munitions manufacturing plant. Because of a labor shortage during the Civil War. women and girls were recruited to work in the manufacturing of munitions. During the summer of 1864, a group of these workers were assembling rifle cartridges at the Washington Arsenal when fireworks, stored outside in the hot sun. ignited. A piece of burning fuse was propelled through an open window and landed among the workers in loose powder, causing a giant explosion, fire, and secondary explosions. Twenty one of the workers died. A memorial honoring those killed in the explosion was placed
Also see . . .
1. 150th Anniversary of the Washington Arsenal Explosion. Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (Submitted on February 22, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. The Immigrant Girls of the Arsenal Memorial. Ancient Order of Hibernians (Submitted on February 22, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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