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Explosion At The Confederate Powder Works

 
 
Explosion at the Confederate Powder Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 2012
1. Explosion at the Confederate Powder Works Marker
Inscription. In August, 1864, a violent explosion destroyed the granulating building of the Augusta Powder Works, one of the 28 buildings of the Confederacy’s massive gunpowder mill along Augusta Canal. Eight men and a boy died when 18,000 pounds of gunpowder exploded in one of the most lethal industrial accidents in the Civil War South. This, along with poor pay, prompted women at the facility to go on strike the following October. With many men away in the army, an increasing number of women and children were pulled into the workforce. The unsuccessful strike was one of many at war-time industrial facilities across Georgia, where pay was low and working conditions often dangerous.
 
Erected 2011 by Erected for the Civil War 150 commemoration by the Georgia Historical Society, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and the Augusta Canal Authority. (Marker Number 121-15.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 29.245′ N, 81° 59.663′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is on Eve Street near Pearl Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30904, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Explosion at the Confederate Powder Works Marker along Eve Street at Pearl Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 27, 2012
2. Explosion at the Confederate Powder Works Marker along Eve Street at Pearl Avenue
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Augusta Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); The Confederate States Powder Works (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Obelisk-Chimney (about 600 feet away); White HouseTract (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Powder Works (approx. 0.4 miles away); Archibald Willingham Butt Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named The Augusta Canal (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dennis Cahill (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Regarding Explosion At The Confederate Powder Works. The Powder Works Factory was the second largest munitions factory in the world during the Civil War, consisting of 26 buildings which stretched two miles down the first level of the Augusta Canal.
 
Also see . . .  Augusta Chronicle Aug 27, 2011. New historical marker commemorates Confederate Powder Works (Submitted on March 28, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Explosion at the Confederate Powder Works Marker at Eve Street and the Augusta Canal crossing image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 27, 2012
3. Explosion at the Confederate Powder Works Marker at Eve Street and the Augusta Canal crossing
Confederate Memorial Obelisk-Chimney seen in distance.
* See nearby markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 598 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 29, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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