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Guyton in Effingham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Guyton Confederate General Hospital
 
Guyton Confederate General Hospital Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 2008
1. Guyton Confederate General Hospital Marker
 
Inscription. In May 1862 the Confederate Government established a General Hospital in Guyton, Georgia. This hospital was located on a nine acre tract of land between Central Railroad, a determining factor in locating hospitals, and current Georgia Highway 119, Lynn Bonds Avenue and Pine Street. The end of May saw five people on the medical staff at this hospital. Five months later the number had reached 46 people including surgeons, assistant surgeons, contract physicians, hospital stewards, ward masters, matrons, ward matrons, assistant matrons, nurses, cooks, and laundry workers. By May 1863, this hospital had a medical staff of 67 people. Confederate documents reveal that this hospital had 270 beds and 46 fireplaces. When the hospital was filled to capacity the Guyton Methodist Church was used to take in patients who could not be placed in the hospital. Surgeon William H. Whitehead was the Surgeon-in-Charge from May 1862 until February 1863, when Surgeon William S. Lawton took charge and served in this capacity until the hospital was abandoned in December 1864, when the 17th Army Corps of General Sherman`s Federal Army approached. From May 1862 to December 1864, this hospital provided medical care, food, clothing, and lodging for thousands of sick and wounded Confederate soldiers.
 
Erected 1995
 
Guyton Confederate General Hospital Marker looking north on GA 17 Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Guyton Confederate General Hospital Marker looking north on GA 17
 
by Georgia Historic Marker. (Marker Number 051-20.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 19.883′ N, 81° 23.587′ W. Marker is in Guyton, Georgia, in Effingham County. Marker is at the intersection of Central Boulevard (State Highway 17) and Springfield Avenue (State Highway 119), on the left when traveling north on Central Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Guyton GA 31312, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Normal and Industrial Institute (approx. 0.9 miles away); Effingham County (approx. 5.4 miles away); Effingham County Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.4 miles away); Sherman's Left Wing (approx. 5.4 miles away); Confederate Memorial (approx. 5.5 miles away); Old River Road (approx. 5.5 miles away); Effingham County Methodist Camp Ground (approx. 5.6 miles away); Old Ebenezer (approx. 7.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Guyton, Georgia. According to local tradition it took five days for Sherman's army to pass through, with some of his troops looting, burning, and stealing. (Submitted on May 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Guyton Confederate General Hospital Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Guyton Confederate General Hospital Marker
In the town of Guyton, was a basic training camp for Confederate soldiers, a Confederate hospital and a vital rail junction and depot. None of the Civil War vintage buildings exist in Guyton today
 
 
Guyton City Cemetery Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 2008
4. Guyton City Cemetery
Confederate Dead Remembered</center
 
 
Guyton City Cemetery Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
5. Guyton City Cemetery
" In this plot are buried twenty six unknown Confederate soldiers died in gen hosp Guyton Ga 1864- 1865 "
 
 
"To The Unknown Confederate Dead. " Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
6. "To The Unknown Confederate Dead. "
 
 
Guyton City Cemetery Grave site for 26 Confederate Unknowns Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
7. Guyton City Cemetery Grave site for 26 Confederate Unknowns
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,269 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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