The list of victims (see below) was printed in the Hartford Courant. Notice the descriptions of specific injuries. What kinds of wounds did they suffer from? Do we learn about the wounds suffered by all of the victims? Who is left out?
In what order do the wounded appear to have been listed? What does this order tell us about the social structure of Hartford at the time?
Many of the victims of the explosion are buried in the Ancient Burying Ground at Center Church in Hartford. Take a look at their tombstones today - linked to Findagrave below. What evidence of their cause of death can be found on the stones themselves?
Survivors often bore the scars of the accident on their bodies and minds. Though we cannot be certain that it relates to the explosion itself, one of the victims, Samuel Talcott Jr., went insane later in life. The probate record below shows that a guardianship was placed over his youngest children in 1797 because he was "now in a State of Insanity."