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Near Henrico in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Powder Magazine

 
 
Powder Magazine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver, July 1, 2015
1. Powder Magazine Marker
Inscription.  A photographer captured Fort Brady's powder magazine in its prime, with men of the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery (note the crossed cannon on one soldier's cap) proudly standing at its entrance. Most Civil War forts stored ammunition and volatile gunpowder beneath layers of dirt and timber, for safety. Accidental explosions could prove as hazardous as enemy fire.

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Known images of Fort Brady number in the dozens, making it one of the most heavily photographed of Virginia's wartime fortifications. This view, and others on display here, allow you to share the perspective of the photographers and soldiers in 1864 and 1865.
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 23.485′ N, 77° 21.697′ W. Marker is near Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Hoke Brady Road one mile south of Kingsland
Earthworks near Powder Magazine marker image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver, July 1, 2015
2. Earthworks near Powder Magazine marker
Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located along the ¼ mile walking trail at the Fort Brady Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Henrico VA 23231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Powder Magazine (here, next to this marker); Guns of Fort Brady (here, next to this marker); Inside Fort Brady (here, next to this marker); Guarding the River (a few steps from this marker); Guarding the James (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Trent's Reach (a few steps from this marker); Union Defensive Lines (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Brady Trail (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled, "Powder Magazine"
 
Also see . . .  Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on July 6, 2015.)
 
Earthworks near Powder Magazine marker image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver, July 1, 2015
3. Earthworks near Powder Magazine marker
Fort Brady Well? image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver, July 1, 2015
4. Fort Brady Well?
This depression in the ground surrounded by a fence could possibly be the remains of the fort well but there is no marker to indicate what this is.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 221 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 3, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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