Brown's Island Disaster

Brown's Island Disaster (HM1IE2)

Location: Richmond, VA 23219
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 33.1', W 77° 25.883'

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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

Placed by the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery
with the support of the Order of the Southern Cross and Pickett Chapter #115, M.O.S. & B.
March 2013
HM NumberHM1IE2
Year Placed2013
Placed ByFriends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285221 N 4158851
Decimal Degrees37.55166667, -77.43138333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 33.1', W 77° 25.883'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 33' 6" N, 77° 25' 52.98" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1000 E Bates St, Richmond VA 23219, US
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