Civil War Stereoview - Union Soldier & Allegheny Arsenal Pre Explosion Disaster
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Civil War Stereoview - Union Soldier & Allegheny Arsenal Pre Explosion Disaster :
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Excerpts on the arsenal:
TheAllegheny Arsenal, established in 1814, was an important supply and manufacturing center for theUnion Armyduring theAmerican Civil War, and the site of the single largestciviliandisaster during the war.
The arsenal served as a supply and manufacturing center for the troops in thewest. Its peak years came during the Civil War, especially when the manufacture ofcartridges, became a high priority. Civilian employment at the arsenal increased from a pre-war total of 308 to over 1100 workers. One of the busiest facilities was the main lab, which employed 158 workers, the majority of whom were women engaged in the making of cartridges.
On Wednesday, September 17, 1862, around 2 pm, the arsenal exploded. The explosion shattered windows in the surrounding community and was heard in Pittsburgh, over two miles (3km) away. At the sound of the first explosion, Col. John Symington, Commander of the Arsenal, rushed from his quarters and made his way up the hillside to the lab. As he approached, he heard the sound of a second explosion, followed by a third. Fire fighting equipment as well as abucket brigadetried to douse the flames with water. The volunteer fire company from Pittsburgh arrived and assisted in bringing the fire under control.
By the time the fire was put out, the lab had been reduced to a pile ofsmolderingrubble. 78 workers, mostly young women, were killed. 54 bodies were unidentified, and were buried in a mass grave in the nearbyAllegheny Cemetery.