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Near Waverly Village in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

From Church to Hospital

 
 
From Church to Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 10, 2007
1. From Church to Hospital Marker
Inscription. As the tumult of battle subsided, new sounds filled the air; the cries and moans of wounded soldiers. Two days of fighting around Salem Church left about 4,000 men killed or wounded. As soon as the battle ended, Confederate surgeons turned the building into a field hospital. Their work saved hundreds of lives.

Still, 92 Union soldiers and an unknown number of Confederates died at the church and were buried just outside its doors. For several days, surgeons worked tirelessly inside the church, bandaging wounds, administering anesthesia, and removing injured arms, legs, hands, and feet. The human suffering was immense.

The sight inside the building for horror, was, perhaps, never equaled within so limited a space. Every available foot of space was crowded with wounded and bleeding soldiers. The amputated limbs were piled up in every corner almost as high as a man could reach; blood flowed in streams along the aisles and out at the doors….
Colonel Robert McMillan, 24th Georgia

(Caption, upper right picture): One of the Confederate surgeons working at Salem Church was George R. C. Todd, brother of May Todd Lincoln and brother-in-law of President Abraham Lincoln.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military
"The Battle of Salem Church" and "From Church to Hospital" Markers image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W.
2. "The Battle of Salem Church" and "From Church to Hospital" Markers
The cemetery and new Salem Baptist Church building are in the background.
Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 17.346′ N, 77° 31.873′ W. Marker is near Waverly Village, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Old Salem Church Road near Plank Road (Virginia Route 3). Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4044 Plank Road, Fredericksburg VA 22407, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Salem Church (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Salem Church (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Salem Church (a few steps from this marker); Refuge from Horror (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Salem Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Salem Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Churchyard to Battleground (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sanctuaries in Spotsylvania (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Waverly Village.
 
Regarding From Church to Hospital. This is one of five stops at Salem Church related to the Battle of Chancellorsville. See the Salem Church Virtual Tour by Markers in the links section for a listing of related markers on the tour.
 
Also see . . .
<i>The sight inside the building...</i> image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 10, 2007
3. The sight inside the building...
An interpretive painting is provided at one of the church windows to give an indication of what it was like inside the church in the days immediately following the battle.

1. Salem Church Virtual Tour by Markers. The Salem Church site, surrounded by modern development, was an important site in the later stages of the Battle and Campaign of Chancellorsville. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Salem Church Walking Trail. National Park Service guide. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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Old Salem Church image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 18, 2008
4. Old Salem Church
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 909 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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