Monday, March 11, 2013

150th Anniversary of Confederate Explosion in Richmond Is Marked

From the March 6, 2013, WTVP News.

A state historical marker will be put up March 13th near the James River site of the former Confederate Ordnance Lab in Richmond, Virginia.

The 1863 explosion killed at least 41 workers, including women and children.

It was sparked by worker Mary Ryan, who accidentally ignited a friction primer, killing the workers and horribly burning others.  Many of the workers were Irish immigrants or of Irish descent.

The Irish American Society will be at the ceremony.

The company was established to assemble cartridges and other ammunition.

Always a Dangerous Line of Work.  --Old Secesh

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