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Healing in War and Peace

 
 
Healing in War and Peace Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 15, 2016
1. Healing in War and Peace Marker
Inscription.  
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
Healing in War and Peace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 9, 2018
2. Healing in War and Peace Marker
Hotel and Tavern, a once grand hotel turned boarding house. All residents were ordered to leave in May, 1861 to permit use as a hospital. The following spring, Louisa May Alcott (author of Little Women) arrived as an Army nurse. She contracted typhoid fever shortly thereafter, abruptly ending her nursing career, but providing insight for a book (Hospital Sketches) about the deplorable conditions in the ward set up in the hotel ballroom.

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: EducationScience & MedicineWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Art on Call series list.
 
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
Healing in War and Peace Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 15, 2016
3. Healing in War and Peace Marker
The marker in a view towards the east along Reservoir Road, NW, with the Medstar Georgetown University Hospital to the south.
walking distance of this marker. The 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.
 
A view to the southeast of Medstar Georgetown University Hospital image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 15, 2016
4. A view to the southeast of Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
 
 
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 206 times since then and 10 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.
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