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Clarysville in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Clarysville General Hospital
Center for Healing
 
Clarysville General Hospital Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2006
1. Clarysville General Hospital Marker
Click on the image to zoom in to examine the photographs on the marker.
 
Inscription. The Clarysville Inn once stood in front of you to the right. In this tavern, and in a complex of buildings constructed around it, the United States established a general hospital during the Civil War. On March 6, 1862, U.S. soldiers commandeered the inn and began to fill it with their sick an wounded comrades who had been crowded into filthy, badly lit, and poorly ventilated buildings in Cumberland. Following the construction of wards and other structures, this hospital complex provided medical care to thousands of Union soldiers as well as some Confederates. Each ward had two rows of iron cots with an aisle down the center.

Patients who died and were not taken home for burial were interred in a nearby cemetery. After the war, the temporary hospital structures were demolished and sold along with the iron bedsteads, and the inn was returned to its owner. The union dead buried here and in the cemetery in Cumberland were disinterred and reburied at Antietam National Cemetery. Sadly, the old inn, which had served as the nucleus of the Civil War hospital complex, burned 134 years later on March 10, 1999.

The stone bridge here was constructed when the National Pike was completed from Cumberland to Illinois. This important highway was the principal route taken by pioneers moving west and passed in front of Clarysville General Hospital.
 
Clarysville General Hospital Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2006
2. Clarysville General Hospital Marker
The paved road is Route 55. The inn and hospital was located across the road in the grassy field. The bridge is behind the photographer.
 

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 38.584′ N, 78° 53.349′ W. Marker is in Clarysville, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker is at the intersection of Clarysville Road SW and Vale Summit Road (Maryland Route 55), on the right when traveling south on Clarysville Road SW. Click for map. Marker is just a few feet from Route 55's intersection with the National Highway (U.S. 40). Marker is in this post office area: Frostburg MD 21532, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Martinís Plantation (approx. 1.4 miles away); First Toll Gate House (approx. 2 miles away); The La Vale Toll House (approx. 2 miles away); Cumberland and Pennsylvania Railroad Depot (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Naming of Frostburg (approx. 2.1 miles away); Frost Graves (approx. 2.3 miles away); Frostburg (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named Frostburg (approx. 2.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. The Cumberland Road. from History of Allegany County Maryland, Vol.1, Thomas & Williams. This page has a picture of the Clarysville Inn. (Submitted on July 16, 2006.) 

2. The Final Days of the Clarysville Inn. Photographs taken on the day of the fire that burned the inn in 1999. On the main photograph, the bridge is hidden behind the original Inn building. (Submitted on July 16, 2006.) 
 
The National Road's 1843 Clarysville Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2006
3. The National Road's 1843 Clarysville Bridge
 

3. Clarysville Inn and Old National Road Bridge. 1875 photo of the inn and a quotation about the hospital from Brigade Surgeon Carpenter. (Submitted on July 16, 2006.) 
 
The Clarysville Bridge's Northern Parapet Wall Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2006
4. The Clarysville Bridge's Northern Parapet Wall
 
 
The Clarysville Bridge's Southern Face Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2006
5. The Clarysville Bridge's Southern Face
 
 
Builder's Stone Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2006
6. Builder's Stone
1843 Rebt. By J. Murray, Supt. J. Hudelleson. This stone is centered on the northern parapet wall. It is the dark stone visible in Photo No. 4.
 
 
Builder's Stone Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2006
7. Builder's Stone
1976. Rebuilt by Pifalo & Zeller. This stone is on the southern parapet wall, across from the 1846 stone.
 
 
Brass Tablet on Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2006
8. Brass Tablet on Bridge
Restored in 1976 as a Bicentennial project. County Commissioners of Allegany County, John J. Coyle, President; Arthur T. Bond; Richard C. Mappin. This tablet is on the southern parapet wall.
 
 
The Clarysville Inn, in the 1970s Photo, Click for full size
Maryland Historical Trust Historic Sites Survey
9. The Clarysville Inn, in the 1970s
 
 
The Clarysville Inn, in the 1970s Photo, Click for full size
Maryland Historical Trust Historic Sites Survey
10. The Clarysville Inn, in the 1970s
 
 
The Clarysville Inn after the fire of March 10, 1999 Photo, Click for full size
Al Feldstein for the Maryland Office of Planning
11. The Clarysville Inn after the fire of March 10, 1999
Photo from the Maryland Historical Trust Historic Sites Survey.
 
 
The Clarysville Inn after the fire of March 10, 1999 Photo, Click for full size
Al Feldstein for the Maryland Office of Planning
12. The Clarysville Inn after the fire of March 10, 1999
Photo from the Maryland Historical Trust Historic Sites Survey.
 
 
The Clarysville Inn after the fire of March 10, 1999 Photo, Click for full size
Al Feldstein for the Maryland Office of Planning
13. The Clarysville Inn after the fire of March 10, 1999
Photo from the Maryland Historical Trust Historic Sites Survey.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,905 times since then. Last updated on November 4, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 16, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on February 29, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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