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Church Home and Hospital

“I am a Massachusetts woman”

 
 
Church Home and Hospital Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
1. Church Home and Hospital Marker
Inscription. Church Home and Hospital, formerly Washington Medical college, was where Edgar Allan Poe died on October 7, 1849, and where many doctors were trained who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. On April 19, 1861, Adeline Blanchard Tyler, Episcopal Church deaconess and nursing instructor, was working here when a friend summoned her to the Holliday Street police station. The Baltimore Riot had just occurred and wounded 6th Massachusetts Infantry soldiers had been taken there. Tyler was refused entry until she said, “I am a Massachusetts woman seeking to do good to the citizens of my own state. If not allowed to do so, I must send a telegram to Governor Andrews informing him that my request has been denied.” The police then admitted her.

Tyler found two soldiers dead and four wounded. Using a covered furniture wagon so the secessionist crowd could not see the soldiers, she brought the two most seriously injured here. After surgeons treated them, Tyler tended to them herself. In a month they had recovered enough to return to Massachusetts, where the legislature passed a resolution of appreciation for her services.

Later, Tyler helped establish a hospital in the National Hotel near Camden Station but was asked to leave when she insisted that Confederate and Union wounded receive the
Church Home and Hospital Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
2. Church Home and Hospital
same care. She then served at the U.S. General Hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania, and organized nurses at a hospital at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.595′ N, 76° 35.636′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Broadway 0.1 miles from Fayette Street, in the median. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Wildey Monument (here, next to this marker); Site of Poe’s Death (a few steps from this marker); Ferdinand Clairborne Latrobe (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1781 Friends Meeting House (approx. 0.4 miles away); McKim Free School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lloyd Street Synagogue (approx. 0.4 miles away); B'nai Israel Synagogue (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkMilitaryScience & MedicineWar, US Civil
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 6,025 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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