On Thursday, May 25. 1865, with the Grand Review finished in Washington, D.C., thousands of troops dispersed and hurried home to their loved ones. On the same day, Confederate forces evacuated Sabine Pass, Texas, while at Mobile, Alabama tragedy struck. As the result of simple carelessness on the part of workers handling wheelbarrows of live ammunition, an estimated twenty tons of captured Confederate power exploded in a warehouse being used as an arsenal. The blast “shook the foundations” of Mobile and set off numerous other explosions. With as many as three hundred citizens killed, boats along the harbor, warehouses, and other buildings were left in ruins. With the northern part of the city destroyed, property losses from the blast and resulting fires were estimated at five million dollars.