Historic Markers Across Georgia



Civil War Women's Riot



Marker ID: GHS 106-2
Location: On Broadway between 13th and 14th St, Columbus, GA
County: Muscogee
Coordinates: N 32° 28.290    W 084° 59.593
  32.4715    -84.99321666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Civil War Women's Riot Marker
Photo by hoteltwo



Text:

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.

The Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia Department of Economic Development
2010.9       106-2




Civil War Women's Riot
Photo by hoteltwo


Notes:

Erected 3/1/2011

 

106-HS02