Civil War Women’s Riot - Columbus, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member hoteltwo
N 32° 28.290 W 084° 59.593
16S E 688591 N 3594473
Quick Description: Describes riot, during Civil War, by women of Columbus over the hoarding of foodstuffs.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 10/5/2013 6:33:29 PM
Waymark Code: WMJ7AW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
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Long Description:
On April 11, 1863, during the American Civil War, sixty-five Columbus women armed with knives and pistols rallied at this site and marched down Broad Street raiding the stores of speculators before police could restore order. During the war many planters ignored the Confederate government’s plea to grow food crops and continued to focus on cotton production instead, which was much more profitable but resulted in a food shortage that hit southern urban women particularly hard. Hoarding food and other commodities by speculating merchants made problems even worse. Women responded by staging riots all across the South, including in every major city in Georgia.
Erected for the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.
Type of Marker: Park

Marker #: 106-2

Date: September 2010

Sponsor: The Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

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