Capitol Hill in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Healing the Wounded
Tour of Duty
—Barracks Row Heritage Trail —
The hospital’s first patient was 24-year-old African American seaman Benjamin Drummond, admitted in June 1866 with a gunshot wound to his leg received in a Civil War battle three years before. After escaping from a Confederate prison in Texas, Drummond returned to duty, but when his old wound gave him trouble, he was hospitalized at the modern facility here. In 1868 Drummond was discharged with a government pension.
By 1906 the hospital was deemed “antiquated,” and it closed briefly, reopening as the Hospital Corps Training School, where sailors learned nursing, hygiene and anatomy. From 1922 until 1963 it was the Temporary Home for Old Soldiers and Sailors. Since 1963 the building has been leased to District of Columbia government agencies. In 2000 concerned neighbors
As you walk along Ninth Street to the next Barracks Row Heritage Trail sign, be sure to note the variety of architectural styles. These houses were occupied by residents of all tastes and economic levels who nonetheless lived side by side in this neighborhood.
With thanks for research by Dan Daly and Friends of the Old Naval Hospital
Records of the Naval Hospital’s first patient, Benjamin Drummond
Drummond first served on this sailing ship USS Portsmouth
Naval Historical Center
Number 509 Ninth Street, a Romanesque Revival House on two lots (above, left) was built in 1896 by L. M. Chilton, later owners ran a grocery store here. The four houses next door at 513 through 519 (left) are typical 15-foot-wide, post-Civil War brick row houses built for middle-class Navy Yard workers. Across the street at 1518 (above, right) is a Civil War era “shotgun” house, an inexpensive style usually built by its working class owner.
Photographs  by John Shore
The 17th Class of the Hospital Training Corps [sic] posed in front of the Naval Hospital in 1909.
[Photo on reverse:]
Washingtoniana Division, D.C. Public Library
Erected 2004 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 4.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Barracks Row Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 52.957′ N, 76° 59.63′ W. Marker is in Capitol Hill, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 9th Street Southeast near E Street Southeast, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. - 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Naval Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Commerce and Community (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oldest Post of the Corps (about 500 feet away); A Neighborhood For Everyone (about 500 feet away); At the Crossroads (about 600 feet away); Edge of the Row (about 700 feet away); John Philip Sousa (approx. 0.2 miles away); In the Alley (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Capitol Hill.
Also see . . .
1. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. (Submitted on December 21, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. U.S. Navy Hospital Corps. (Submitted on December 21, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Corpsman; U.S. Navy Hospital Corps
Categories. • African Americans • Science & Medicine • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 21, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 662 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on March 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on December 21, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.