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Mount Jackson in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mt. Jackson General Hospital, CSA

Shenandoah at War

 

— Valley Campaigns —

 
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By Don Morfe, August 8, 2012
1. Mt Jackson General Hospital Marker
Inscription.  In September 1861, the Confederate Medical Department built a large general hospital on this site because Mt. Jackson was the western terminus of the Manassas Gap Railroad, which provided access to northern Virginia battlefields. Dr. Andrew Russell Meem, a Shenandoah County resident who was a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Medical College, was Surgeon-in-Charge. He resided at Harrison House, the home of local businessman Col. Levi Rinker, who owned the hospital site and a plot across the Valley Turnpike, “Our Soldiers’ Cemetery,” to bury those who died here.

The hospital consisted of three two-story buildings, each “a hundred and fifty feet in length, perfectly ventilated, and yet warm,” and several small support structures. Accommodating 500 sick and wounded Confederates at a time, it remained in continuous service until the end of hostilities, except for six months in 1862. Meem, two assistant surgeons (contract physicians), five stewards, ten nurses, eight cooks, and five laundresses comprised the staff. The buildings were dismantled after the war for the use of U.S. Army
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By Devry Becker Jones, October 17, 2020
2. Mt. Jackson General Hospital, CSA Marker
forces stationed at Rude’s Hill during Reconstruction.

In February 1865, after falling ill, Meem was admitted to Harrisonburg General Hospital where he died at age 41. His wife, Ann Jordan Meem, had assisted him at the Mt. Jackson hospital and in October 1861 organized the Ladies’ Soldiers Relief and Aid Association to provide clothing, food, and supplies. The Association held one of the earliest Confederate Memorial Day services at “Our Soldiers’ Cemetery” on May 15, 1866.
 
Erected by Virginia Civl War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
 
Location. 38° 45.294′ N, 78° 38.028′ W. Marker is in Mount Jackson, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 11) and Nelson Street on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Jackson VA 22842, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Confederate Hospital (a few steps from this marker); Our Soldiers’ Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); To All Confederates (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Confederate Hospital (within shouting
Mt Jackson General Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 8, 2012
3. Mt Jackson General Hospital Marker
distance of this marker); Moore House 1872 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mount Jackson (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mayor Joseph A. "Joe" Williams (approx. 0.6 miles away); 5855 Gospel Street (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Jackson.
 
Also see . . .  Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location also titled “Mt. Jackson General Hospital, CSA” (Submitted on May 22, 2014.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 518 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on September 28, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on September 13, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on October 19, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on September 13, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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