Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Brown's Island Disaster
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
with the support of the Order of the Southern Cross and Pickett Chapter #115, M.O.S. & B.
Erected 2013 by Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisasters • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1814.
Location. 37° 33.1′ N, 77° 25.883′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of Hospital Street and North 4th Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. 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. Ό mile away); Saint Joseph Catholic Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
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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(Submitted on December 18, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,309 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 17, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 7. submitted on December 18, 2014.