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Confederate Ammunition Warehouse Explosion

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A large lithograph of the most immediate of the tragic results of the civil war in Mobile, Alabama, which was the great explosion of May 25, 1865. Federal soldiers collected and stored large quantities of recently surrendered Confederate ammunition in Mobile cotton warehouses. When the warehouse of Pomeroy and Marshall exploded, only a hole in the ground was left, and the sound was heard at Fort Morgan thirty miles away. "Careless handling of the ammunition by Negro soldiers" was cited to be the cause by eye witnesses who had left the scene before the explosion. The total number of persons killed was never determined accurately. Property loss was in excess of $700,000.
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A large lithograph of the most immediate of the tragic results of the civil war in Mobile, Alabama, which was the great explosion of May 25, 1865. Federal soldiers collected and stored large quantities of recently surrendered Confederate ammunition in Mobile cotton warehouses. When the warehouse of Pomeroy and Marshall exploded, only a hole in the ground was left, and the sound was heard at Fort Morgan thirty miles away. "Careless handling of the ammunition by Negro soldiers" was cited to be the cause by eye witnesses who had left the scene before the explosion. The total number of persons killed was never determined accurately. Property loss was in excess of $700,000.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:70628
Creation Date:
Creator Name:Unknown
City:Mobile
County:
State:Alabama
Collection Name:Album 14 (The Civil War--Buildings, sites, battles, naval history, prisons)
Genre:Print
Original Format Type:prints, fine-art
Original Format Number:5-1254
Original Dimensions:21.5 x 14 inches
SUBJECTS
Explosions
Fires
Cities and towns
Warehouses
Ordnance
Civil War, 1861-1865
Pedestrians
Piers
Railroad tracks
Railroad trains
Ships
Water

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