The Bell Tower 

Capitol Square

click to enlarge SCOTT ELMQUIST

On April 3, 1865, as Martha Pearce Stanard sat stubbornly on her trunk on East Franklin Street, the Union troops who had arrived in Richmond attempted to ring the bells of the Bell Tower to summon the fire department. This was to no avail: Someone had cut the hoses so the units had no working equipment. Later that day Union troops, as they continued to descend upon the city, were given the task of putting out the fires by bucket brigade.

Built on axis with Franklin Street in 1824, the Bell Tower functions today as a visitors' information center.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

  • Re: Education: A City Struggle Turns a Corner

    • I am not familiar with all the people on the list. As for what I…

    • on August 24, 2014
  • Re: City Politics: The Stadium Echo

    • kazoo, there's an old saying- might does not make right. But I think its wasted…

    • on August 24, 2014
  • Re: City Politics: The Stadium Echo

    • Burger wants to take power from people in powerful positions. His naivete is almost charming…

    • on August 23, 2014
  • More »
  • Facebook Recommendations

    Latest in After the Fire

    Copyright © 2014 Style Weekly
    Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
    All rights reserved
    Powered by Foundation