Ruins of Arsenal, Richmond, Va
Publisher: Alexander Gardner
Medium: Photographic print
Ruins of Arsenal, Richmond, Va. was captured by Gardner at the end of the war in April 1865. Gardner’s description of the photograph notes that the arsenal had been 'one of the most extensive establishments of the kind in the South' and home to great supplies of Confederate Army ammunition.
In the image it is possible to see a vast array of military equipment and ammunition littering the ground. The destruction was caused 'by the great fire' that raged through Richmond when Confederate troops were ordered to set military supplies at the arsenal alight before advancing Union troops reached the city in early April 1865. Along with the destruction of the arsenal, much of the evacuated city was also raised to the ground. The evacuation of Richmond occurred a week before General Lee surrendered at Appomattox.