Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Enfield, War and Defense, Who Knew?

Powder Hollow in Hazardville – Who Knew?

Hazardville Powder Company
Hazardville Powder Company, ca. 1920 – Connecticut Historical Society

…that 40% of all the gunpowder consumed in the Civil War came from Powder Hollow in Hazardville (a part of Enfield, Connecticut).

Not only that, but during the attack on Fort Sumter, the opening engagement of the war, Confederate artillerymen actually used Connecticut-made powder. Far from characterizing the dangers inherent in gunpowder production, Hazardville was named after Colonel Augustus G. Hazard, the gunpowder manufacturer who established over 100 separate mills on 400 acres of land in Enfield.

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