Barney Circle 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
Erected 2014 by The Sons of Union Veterans & The Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Disasters • War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 52.889′ N, 76° 58.832′ W. Marker is in Barney Circle in Washington, District of Columbia. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of 17th Street Southeast and G Street Southeast, on the right when traveling north. Located in the the Congressional Cemetery. Touch for map Touch for directions.
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 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Healing Poles" (about 400 feet away); Warren M. Robbins (about 400 feet away); Commemorating The american Revolutionary Service of General Peterson Goodwyn (about 500 feet away); Congressional Cemetery Government Lots (about 600 feet away); Heroes of 1814 (about 600 feet away); National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barney Circle.
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.
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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