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Confederate Hospitals

 
 
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By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
1. Confederate Hospitals Marker
Inscription. In February 1864, to relieve the serious overcrowding of Confederate hospitals in the Atlanta and Dalton areas, Columbus was chosen as the site of a 1,500 bed army hospital. Eight buildings on Broad Street, including two saloons and the Court House, were rented and equipped. By May there were 1,350 patients. The location seemed remote from enemy raids.

One of the largest convalescent hospitals in the Confederacy was constructed “on the edge of town” on the site of Camp Montgomery, with Dr. Francis O. Ticknor, Georgia doctor and poet, as its chief surgeon.

The greatest hospital activity here followed the capture of Atlanta in September, 1864. On October 1, Dr. Samuel Hollinsworth Stout, Medical Director of Hospitals, Army and Department of Tennessee, ordered hospitals under his command moved to Columbus from Macon and Barnesville. Hundreds of patients were placed in tents on the town common and under the open sheds of the Muscogee Railroad. Subsidiary units were established in Opelika and Tuscumbia, Ala. Advance reports of the approach of Wilsonís Raiders in 1865 caused the rapid removal of the hospital staffs and patients to Atlanta before the raiders reached Columbus.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 106-28.)
 
Marker series.
Confederate Hospitals Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
2. Confederate Hospitals Marker
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 27.881′ N, 84° 59.482′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is on 10th Street 0.1 miles west of Second Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. The marker stands in front of the Muscogee County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Springer Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); Red Jacket (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Thomas H. Brewer (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fit for Man and Beast (about 500 feet away); The Columbus Guards (about 700 feet away); Confederate Memorial Day (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Temple Israel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Categories. Science & MedicineWar, US Civil
 
Confederate Hospitals Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
3. Confederate Hospitals Marker
Looking across 10th Street at the Springer Opera House, the State Theater of Georgia.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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