In Hartford, Connecticut, Samuel Colt's arms factory suffers massive destruction by fire
Around 8 a.m., an hour after close to 1800 men had started work for the day, fire was discovered in the attic of the main building of Colt's Small Arms Factory in Hartford, Connecticut. Before long, the whole building, with its adjoining offices, was ablaze and eventually was completely destroyed. An adjoining building dedicated to Army contracts, was also slightly damaged but quickly resumed production. One man was reported killed. (By John Osborne)
"The Fire at Colt's Armory," New York Times, February 7, 1864, p. 1.
"The Fire in Colt's Armory," Harper's Weekly Magazine, February 20, 1864, p. 126.