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Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lynchburg, Virginia

A Civil War Hospital Center

 
 
Lynchburg, Virginia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
1. Lynchburg, Virginia Marker
Inscription. Lynchburg was known as “Tobacco Town” before the Civil War, with its 70 thriving tobacco businesses and numerous warehouses. It was also a railroad hub, the terminus of three railroads. Early in the Civil War, many of the warehouses were converted to hospitals and the railroad became the conduit for Confederate casualties pouring into the city. There a peak time after the Battle of the Wilderness (May 1864) when Lynchburg, with 6,000 inhabitants, was overwhelmed with over 10,000 wounded and diseased soldiers. During the four year Civil War, as the South’s largest outpost hospital center, Lynchburg admitted in excess of 20,000 patients with nearly 3,000 deaths. Over 2,200 of those soldiers are buried in this Confederate Section of the Old City Cemetery.

To the left you’ll find the location of the tobacco warehouses and Lynchburg’s other buildings which were converted for hospital use. Additional private homes, used as temporary hospitals, brought the total number of hospitals to over thirty.
 
Location. 37° 24.928′ N, 79° 9.419′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Taylor Street and 4th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Location of major hospitals in Lynchburg during the Civil War image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
2. Location of major hospitals in Lynchburg during the Civil War
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Confederate Section (here, next to this marker); Lucy Mina Otey and the Ladie’s Relief Hospital (here, next to this marker); Lynchburg’s Confederate Surgeons (here, next to this marker); Silas Green (here, next to this marker); Crippled Corps and VM.I. Cadets Form Inner Defenses in Old City Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Professor Frank Trigg (within shouting distance of this marker); Court Street Baptist Church Tragedy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carl Porter Cato Rose Collection (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
Also see . . .  Old City Cemetery. The oldest public cemetery in Virginia still in use today - central Virginia's most unique public garden (Submitted on May 28, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Science & MedicineWar, US Civil
 
Lynchburg Civil War Hospital Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
3. Lynchburg Civil War Hospital Markers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 522 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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