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Powder magazine explosion at Fort Lyon in Virginia kills and injures dozens of New York artillerymen

Fort Lyon, Virginia, 1862, zoomable image
In the early afternoon, a series of explosions rocked Fort Lyon on Eagle's Hill, south of Alexandria, Virginia.  Eight tons of black powder in the main magazine exploded, along with thousands of rounds of small arms munitions and devastated the center of the camp.  The garrison, members of the Third New York Artillery, suffered more than twenty deaths and more than a dozen badly injured in the accident.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1861), VII: 5.