Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Civil War Medicine / Montgomery's Confederate Hospitals
During the War Between the States medical knowledge was primitive. As a result, twice as many men died of disease than in battle from wounds. Early in the War, childhood diseases such as measles, mumps and chicken pox decimated entire camps. Later, the greatest killers were diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, malaria and pneumonia. Many of those who survived battlefield wounds and amputations later died from infection. Scarcity of medical supplies in the beleaguered South added to the suffering and high death rate. For generations maimed veterans served as reminders of the horrors of wartime medicine.
Situated away from main battlefields and with good rail and river connections, Montgomery was ideal for Confederate hospitals. Two locally operated were Soldiers' and Wayside. The government staffed six during the conflict. Citizens rendered services including food and nursing. Ladies, General, Madison and Concert Hall hospitals were on Commerce and Market streets; Stonewall and Watts, tent units, were west of town near the Alabama and Florida Railroad. After Shiloh and during the Atlanta Campaign, the hospitals were very busy, but throughout the War they tried diligently to heal wounds and diseases, often with limited supplies. These approximately seven hundred and fifty graves represent their failures.
Erected 2007 by The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Historical Preservation and Promotion Foundation Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 32° 23.052′ N, 86° 17.792′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Columbus Street east of North Ripley Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Columbus Street is one-way going west in this area. It can be accessed from Upper Wetumpka Road or a small extension of North Jackson Street that goes through the police department parking lot. Marker is located in the Oakwood Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brigadier General Birkett Davenport Fry, CSA / Colonel B.D. Fry at Battle of Gettysburg (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Oakwood Cemetery (about 600 feet away); William C. Oates (about 700 feet away); Governor William Calvin Oates / Colonel W. C. Oates, CSA at Gettysburg (about 700 feet away); First Baptist Church (Brick-A-Day Church) Royal Air Force Burial Ground (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alabama War Veterans Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ray W. Scott Jr. Founded Bass Anglers Movement (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Montgomery.
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