This book is an account of three major disasters that occurred during the American Civil War that resulted in the deaths of a large number of young women. War causes death, and the Civil War certainly caused many thousands of deaths. But these stories of mostly poor and young immigrant women working long hours at the assembly of ammunition cartridges are especially sad and tragic.
Theses young women were assembling cartridges for use in muskets and rifles. In all three instances covered by this book the gunpowder with which they were working was accidentally set off into horrific explosions. The locations and dates of the three explosions covered by this book and the resulting number of deaths are listed below:
Allegheny Arsenal...........................78 deaths
September 17, 1862
Confederate States Laboratory........45 deaths
March 13, 1863
Washington Arsenal..........................21 deaths
June 17, 1864
This book is targeted toward a young adult readership and is well illustrated. It contains numerous interesting sidebar snippets of information. The personal stories about some of the victims are particularly poignant. I believe it is the sort of book that YA's will find to be interesting and educational.