Washington Hill in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Church Home and Hospital
“I am a Massachusetts woman”
Church Home and Hospital, formerly Washington Medical college, was where Edgar Allan Poe died on October 7, 1849, and where many doctors were trained who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. On April 19, 1861, Adeline Blanchard Tyler, Episcopal Church deaconess and nursing instructor, was working here when a friend summoned her to the Holliday Street police station. The Baltimore Riot had just occurred and wounded 6th Massachusetts Infantry soldiers had been taken there. Tyler was refused entry until she said, “I am a Massachusetts woman seeking to do good to the citizens of my own state. If not allowed to do so, I must send a telegram to Governor Andrews informing him that my request has been denied.” The police then admitted her.
Tyler found two soldiers dead and four wounded. Using a covered furniture wagon so the secessionist crowd could not see the soldiers, she brought the two most seriously injured here. After surgeons treated them, Tyler tended to them herself. In a month they had recovered enough to return to Massachusetts, where the legislature passed a resolution of appreciation
Later, Tyler helped establish a hospital in the National Hotel near Camden Station but was asked to leave when she insisted that Confederate and Union wounded receive the same care. She then served at the U.S. General Hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania, and organized nurses at a hospital at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & Medicine • War, US Civil • Women. In addition, it is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 39° 17.595′ N, 76° 35.638′ W. Marker is in Washington Hill in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of North Broadway and Lamley Street, in the median on North Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 123 N Broadway, Baltimore MD 21231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Wildey Monument (here, next to this marker); Site of Poe’s Death (a few steps from this marker); José Martí (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ferdinand Clairborne Latrobe (about 500 feet away); Notre Dame Convent (approx. 0.3 miles away); The General’s Highway (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dr. Charles W. SimmonsFirst Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington Hill.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 6,887 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 11, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2. submitted on September 10, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 3. submitted on December 11, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 4. submitted on September 10, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.