Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Healing in War and Peace
Georgetown University Hospital, set atop a row of hills along Reservoir Road, promotes good health through patient care, research and education. Founded in 1898 and shaped by Georgetown's Catholic Jesuit heritage, the hospital consistently has ranked among the nation's best. In 2004, the hospital earned Magnet status, the international award for best nursing practices,
Shortly after its founding, Georgetown University Hospital served as a major treatment center for wounded troops returning from the Spanish American War. Before the hospital was founded, Civil War soldiers were cared for on the hilltop at Georgetown University. Following the Second Manassas and Antietam battles, the U.S. Government requisitioned Georgetown University and nearby Holy Trinity Church for military hospitals. Only a few buildings remained open for education. Other Georgetown churches voluntarily opened their doors for the increasing war casualties. Boards laid on top of pews provided space for the wounded and sick.
The U.S. Government went beyond the hilltop and turned several Georgetown homes and businesses into hospitals as well. One was the Union
After the Civil War, Georgetown University adopted blue and gray as official colors - a tribute to its wartime role and the reunification of the North and South as a single and peaceful nation.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Science & Medicine • War, Spanish-American • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the DC, Art on Call series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1861.
Location. 38° 54.754′ N, 77° 4.53′ W. Marker is in Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Reservoir Road Northwest and 39th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east on Reservoir Road Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3800 Reservoir Road Northwest, Washington DC 20007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distanceThe Freddy and Diana Prince Labyrinth (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Mary's (about 600 feet away); The Evolution of Burleith (approx. 0.2 miles away); Patriotism and Espionage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Famous Burleith Residents (approx. ¼ mile away); The Origins of Burleith (approx. ¼ mile away); Through the Eyes of a Scientist (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jesuit Community Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on February 9, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1. submitted on October 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 2. submitted on February 9, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.