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Thomasville in Davidson County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Thomasville

Caring for the Sick and Wounded

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 2, 2010
1. Thomasville Marker
Inscription. During the Civil War, Thomasville became a hospital center that treated the sick and wounded, civilian and soldier alike. From 1862 to 1865, a local doctor, D. W. Smith, operated a smallpox hospital just outside of town. In March 1865, Surgeon Simon Baruch arrived in Thomasville with orders to prepare a “hospital depot” to serve sick and wounded Confederate soldiers in North Carolina. The need for such services had grown acute as Confederate forces under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston battled Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s army during his Carolinas Campaign.

By the time the first 280 wounded men arrived by train from the Averasboro battlefield that month, the hospital depot included several buildings. The Pinnix Tobacco Factory and the Baptist and Methodist churches were used to shelter the troops, while the office of the L. L. Thomas Hotel served as a headquarters.

Preparing for the wounded soldiers’ arrival and maintaining the hospitals were community efforts. Students from the Glen Anna Female Seminary helped to fill pine-straw mattresses, while local women prepared food and served as nurses and local doctors assisted the Confederate surgeons. The Thomasville hospital depot provided care for hundreds of soldiers from both armies until it closed in the summer of 1865.

The 34 men who died in Thomasville –
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By Bill Coughlin, July 2, 2010
2. Thomasville Marker
among them 26 Confederates, 4 Federals, and 4 unknowns – were buried in a common plot in the city cemetery. In 1908, a Georgian who had served in the hospital depot led a successful fundraising effort to provide headstones for those who had died, as a tribute to the sacrifices of the soldiers and the dedication of the community who served them.
 
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 35° 53.036′ N, 80° 4.773′ W. Marker is in Thomasville, North Carolina, in Davidson County. Marker is at the intersection of E Main Street and Memorial Park Drive, on the right when traveling north on E Main Street. Click for map. Marker is located in a small park near the railroad tracks. Marker is in this post office area: Thomasville NC 27360, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John W. Thomas (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomasville City Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Thomasville (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named John W. Thomas (approx. 2.9 miles away);
Marker on E Main Street image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 2, 2010
3. Marker on E Main Street
John H. Mills (approx. 3.5 miles away); NC Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away); Trinity College (approx. 5 miles away); a different marker also named Trinity College (approx. 5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Thomasville.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker has a map of Thomasville indicating the site of the marker, the City Cemetery, Glen Anna Seminary, Pinnix Tobacco Factory site, L.L. Thomas Hotel site, First RR Depot, Methodist and Baptist Church sites and Visitors’ Center. Around this are photographs of Glen Anna Female Seminary, ca. 1857 - Courtesy Duke University Library; Methodist Church, R.L. Pope painting - Courtesy Wheels of Faith and Courage (1952); and Baptist Church - Courtesy First Baptist Church archives. Also on the marker is a portrait of Dr. Simon Baruch Courtesy Confederate Veteran magazine.
 
Also see . . .  Western North Carolina Civil War Sites. North Carolina Civil War Trails (Submitted on August 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Thomasville City Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 2, 2010
4. Thomasville City Cemetery
The common plot where Confederate and Federals who died in Thomasville were buried is seen here behind the Southern Railway car.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 833 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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