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New Bern Academy

From School to Hospital

 
 
New Bern Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
1. New Bern Academy Marker
Inscription. In 1861, Confederate authorities converted the New Bern Academy from a school to a hospital. The U.S. Army commandeered the structure to care for the wounded almost immediately after defeating Confederate forces in the Battle of New Bern on March 14, 1862. Casualties were first moved here from temporary quarters on March 19. Ten days later, a newspaper reported that “ the General Hospital at Academy Green is full of severely wounded men, and those who have undergone amputation. Two houses opposite [across the street] are filled with wounded rebel prisoners under charge of their own surgeons.” Academy Green Hospital also treated victims of spinal meningitis, smallpox, and yellow fever. It served as a general hospital in conjunction with the Masonic Lodge and other nearby structures. By the end of the war, the buildings constituted a part of New Bernís larger Foster General Hospital.

The yellow sidebar at the lower right reads: New Bern Academy was the first school established by law in North Carolina (1766). Fire destroyed the original building in 1795, and this Federal-style structure was erected by 1810. At first, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel subsidized the teachers, who had to be Anglican Church members. Before it became a graded public school, the Academy adhered to the Lancasterian system
Academy Green Hospital looking northeast, ca. 1862 image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
2. Academy Green Hospital looking northeast, ca. 1862
Picture provided for the marker courtesy of UNC North Carolina Collection.
developed by an Englishman, Joseph Lancaster. Students were grouped by level of achievement rather than by age, and a pupil who had been promoted to a higher level led each class. The Academyís role as a school ended in 1972.
 
Erected 2004 by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 35° 6.59′ N, 77° 2.501′ W. Marker is in New Bern, North Carolina, in Craven County. Marker is on New Street near Hancock Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Bern NC 28560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named New Bern Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); George H. White (about 600 feet away); Political Duel (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named First Presbyterian Church (about 600 feet away); William Henry Singleton (about 700 feet away); St. Peter's A.M.E. Zion Church (about 700 feet away); Cedar Grove Cemetery (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New Bern.
 
More about this marker. The yellow sidebar reads:
Academy Green Hospital looking northwest, ca. 1862. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
3. Academy Green Hospital looking northwest, ca. 1862.
Picture provided for the marker courtesy of UNC North Carolina Collection.
New Bern Academy was the first school established by law in North Carolina (1766). Fire destroyed the original building in 1795, and this Federal-style structure was erected by 1810. At first, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel subsidized the teachers, who had to be Anglican Church members. Before it became a graded public school, the Academy adhered to the Lancasterian system developed by an Englishman, Joseph Lancaster. Students were grouped by level of achievement rather than by age, and a pupil who had been promoted to a higher level led each class. The Academyís role as a school ended in 1972.
 
Categories. EducationScience & MedicineWar, US Civil
 
New Bern Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
4. New Bern Academy Marker
New Bern Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
5. New Bern Academy Marker
 
 
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