Explosion At The Confederate Powder Works

Explosion At The Confederate Powder Works (HM10HK)

Location: Augusta, GA 30904 Richmond County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 29.245', W 81° 59.663'

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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.
HM NumberHM10HK
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number121-15
Year Placed2011
Placed ByErected for the Civil War 150 commemoration by the Georgia Historical Society, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and the Augusta Canal Authority
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 2:27am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 407621 N 3705766
Decimal Degrees33.48741667, -81.99438333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 29.245', W 81° 59.663'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 29' 14.70" N, 81° 59' 39.78" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6号 Eve St, Augusta GA 30904, US
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