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Near Powhatan in Powhatan County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Huguenot Springs

Confederate Hospital & Cemetery

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1. Huguenot Springs CWT Marker
Inscription.  In 1862, the spa at Huguenot Springs Hotel became a convalescent hospital for Confederate soldiers. Trains brought patients from Richmond hospitals to Robious Station on the Richmond and Danville Railroad, where they were transferred to wagons for transportation here. Local women served as nurses and treated the men to roast chicken and homemade jellies. Ministers tended to the men’s spiritual needs. After the war, Harvey Hatcher, a Baptist army evangelist, wrote that, “In May, 1863, 1 went to the Huguenot Springs (convalescent) Hospital … and aided the chaplain, Geo. W Hyde, for three weeks in a series of meetings. About thirty men professed faith in Christ. I baptized some seven or eight. Rev. D.B. Winfree of Chesterfield preached five times in the meeting. In June 1864, by the request of brother Hyde, I aided him again at the same place for two weeks. Our meeting was suddenly closed by a large number of men coming to the hospital and occupying the chapel. About twenty professed to have a hope in the Gospel. Hyde baptized six or eight while I was there and some after I left.”

Buried in this mass-grave cemetery are the remains of
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more than 250 soldiers, most of whom died of disease rather than battle wounds. About 92 have been identified as being from the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. The hotel burned in 1890, and the surviving cottages were made into private homes. In 1915, the Powhatan United Daughters of the Confederacy erected the monument you see over the cemetery.

Huguenot Springs stood 500 yards to your left. Popular for years with Richmonders, the resort was incorporated in 1846 and new buildings were constructed. The spa included a grand hotel, a spring house, bathing facilities, and cottages. Huguenot Springs accommodated about 150 guests at a time during its antebellum heyday.

Gen. Robert E. Lee joined soldiers holding a prayer service, Nov 1863. Religious revivals swept the Confederate army in 1863-64, and prayer meetings and baptisms occurred in camps and hospitals such as Huguenot Springs.

Huguenot Springs Hotel

Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil.
Huguenot Springs Hotel Grounds. image. Click for full size.
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2. Huguenot Springs Hotel Grounds.
In addition, it is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Virginia Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1863.
Location. 37° 33.563′ N, 77° 42.241′ W. Marker is near Powhatan, Virginia, in Powhatan County. Marker is on Old Confederate Cemetery Road, 0.1 miles west of Huguenot Springs Road (Virginia Route 607), on the left when traveling west. Located in Huguenot Springs Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Midlothian VA 23113, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Our Confederate Dead (a few steps from this marker); Huguenot Springs Confederate Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Terre Haute Farm African American Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Huguenot Settlement (approx. half a mile away); The Huguenot Monument (approx. half a mile away); Mowhemcho-Manakin Town (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Huguenot Settlement (approx. 2.9 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Powhatan.
Also see . . .  The Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin In the Colony of Virginia. (Submitted on April 28, 2009.)
Huguenot Springs CWT Marker & UDC Monument image. Click for full size.
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3. Huguenot Springs CWT Marker & UDC Monument
Huguenot Springs UDC Monument. image. Click for full size.
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4. Huguenot Springs UDC Monument.
Huguenot Springs SCV sign. image. Click for full size.
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5. Huguenot Springs SCV sign.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 3, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,164 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 27, 2009.

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