Lawrenceville: Allegheny Arsenal
Explosion Heroines Honored
From an unidentified Pittsburgh newspaper, possibly in 1913.
To Erect Memorial to Women Who Lost Lives in Arsenal.
Large Granite Boulder.
Will Be Placed Near Scene of Allegheny Arsenal Disaster.
The unsung heroines of the Civil War, women of that fatal Magazine explosion which shook the city on the afternoon of September 17, 1862, when almost a hundred lost their lives in the Allegheny Arsenal, are at last to be recognized. These unknown martyrs are to be immortalized by the erection of a suitable memorial placed near the scene of the fatal accident.
A large granite boulder from the quarries of Maine, weighing over five tons, will shortly arrive in this city and will be set in place. A bronze tablet, the design of which was conceived by the New York artist, Albert Dreyfus. Over 300 pounds of bronze will be used in casting it, and will bear the names of the unfortunates with the inscription "Dedicated to the Heroines of the Civil War."
Congressman James Francis Burke, who was instrumental in securing the presentation of one of the cannons used in the fatal strife of almost a half century ago, has succeeded in procuring two more cannons which will flank the sides of the granite boulder. The first cannon was used for producing souvenirs, which were sold to defray the expenses of the monument.
Dedicated on Anniversary.
It has been decided by the committee that the dedication of the monument will be held on the anniversary of the accident, September 17. Suitable arrangements will be made for the unveiling, which occasion will be a holiday for the Lawrenceville district.
The erection of the monument is due to the untiring efforts of Dr. A. J. Lewin of 3703 Penn Avenue, the secretary of the Arsenal Monument Association and his band of women, members of the G.A.R. committee, who are: Mesdames Margaret McGraw, George M. Paisley, Elizabeth Moore, Battie Lincoln, Lizzie Cargo, Margaret Burns, George Krapp, John M. Brown, Henrietta Gerwig, Grundmar and Nichelson. Dr. Lewin has also issued a notice to all those parties who know some of the names of the unfortunates who were forgotten since that time. It is thought that many more than the records show were injured and died.
Names on Tablet.
Following is a list of the names of those killed in the arsenal explosion and which will be placed on the bronze tablet in the large boulder: [Originally arranged by "unrecognized bodies," "recognized" and "dangerously burned." Here presented in alphabetical order.]
Elizabeth Ager Mr. Gilleland Mrs. Patterson Mary Alger Virginia Hamil Mary Reardon May Amarine Sidney Hanlan Martha Robinson Hannah Baxter Hester Heslip Mary S. Robinson Barbara Bishop May Jeffrey Mrs. Rose Mary A. Boleman Annie Jones Catherine Rourke Joseph E. Bolesman Margaret Kelly Ella Rushton Mrs. Brogan Aeriah Laughlin John Ryar Anna E. Brown Elisa Lyndsay Elionor Sheppard Catherine Burkhart Hannah Lyndsay Sarah Sheppard Catherine Ceylor Kate McBride _____ Shook Bridget Clair Laura McCarthy Annie Shook Emma J. Cloves Maria J. McCarthy Annie Sibley May Collins Catherine McKeever Ellen Slattery Malinda Coulston Ellen McKenna Mary Slattery Mary Cronan Susan McKenna Robert Smith Agnes M. Davidson Grace McMillan Mary Souston May A. Davidson Maria McVern Lucinda Truxale Catherine Dillon May Anna McWhorter Margaret A. Turney Mary A. Donnelly Ardley Mahrer May Donnelly Ellen Manchester Catherine Dougan Elizabeth J. Maxwell Magdalen A. Douglas Sarah A. Maxwell Mary A. Drepps Catherine Miller Annie Fleming Philip Miller Susan Fritchley Sarah Miller Sarah George Mary Murphy Catherine Giles Lena NeckermanAgnes M. Davidson; May A. Davidson:
Incorrectly identified, according to family member.
Correctly identified as Agnes M. Davison; Mary A. Davison.
by A.R., Hanover, PA, 4-11-04.