Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Richmond National Battlefield Park
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
On this 40-acre plateau the Confederates built Chimborazo Hospital, one of the largest and best-known Civil War military hospitals: 78,000 sick and wounded Confederate soldiers passed through the hospital from 1861-1865. Chimborazo’s neat rows of buildings enhanced ventilation and served as a model for many postwar hospitals. None of Chimborazo's 150 wooden structures exists today.
The large building before you was constructed in 1909 as a Federal weather station. It houses the Chimborazo Medical Museum, which tells the story of both the Confederate medical service and the dozens of Richmond’s other wartime hospitals.
“The buildings were separated from each other by wide alleys or streets, ample spaces for drives or walks, and a wide street around entire camp or hospital. The hospital presented the appearance of a large town, imposing and attractive, with its alignments of buildings kept whitened with lime, streets and alleys clean, and with its situation on such an elevated point it commanded a grand, magnificent and pleasing view….” Dr. John R. Gildersleeve
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & Medicine • War, US Civil.
Location. 37° 31.614′ N, 77° 24.719′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Broad Street and North 33rd Street. This marker is located in front of the Richmond National Battlefield Park Chimborazo Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3215 East Broad Street, Richmond VA 23223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Hospital (a few steps from this marker); Richmond's Civil War Hospitals (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Chimborazo Hospital (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Bloody Run (about 300 feet away); Strengthen the Arm of Liberty (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Chimborazo Hospital (about 800 feet away); Powhatan Stone (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bloody Run (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. The background photograph carries this caption, "This 1865 image is one of only two known photographs of Chimborazo Hospital. This site was named for Mount Chimborazo, a dormant volcano in Ecuador."
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Confederate Hospital” (Submitted on August 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Chimborazo Hospital. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on August 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Civil War Richmond. Information about Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, VA during the Civil War. (Submitted on August 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,101 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.