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Healing in War and Peace

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, October 15, 2016
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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 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
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 9, 2018
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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.

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Restoration of Georgetown's Call Boxes
Georgetown's Call Box restoration project is part of a city-wide effort to rescue the District's abandoned fire and police call boxes. Known as Art on Call, the project has identified more than 800 boxes for restoration. Neighborhood by neighborhood, they are being put to new use as permanent displays of local art, history and culture. The Georgetown project highlights the anecdotal history of Georgetown and its unique heritage as a thriving colonial port town that predated the District of Columbia.

Fire alarm boxes such as this one (originally painted red) were installed in the District after the Civil War. In most boxes, the alarm was activated by opening a door on the front of the box and pulling a lever. An automatic telegraph system transmitted the box number to a central office that directed the closest fire station to dispatch
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By J. Makali Bruton, October 15, 2016
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The marker in a view towards the east along Reservoir Road, NW, with the Medstar Georgetown University Hospital to the south.
a fire truck to the vicinity of the call box. After almost 100 years, the system began to decline in the 1960s with the advent of two-way car radios and walkie-talkies. The alarms were finally turned off in the 1970s and replaced with today's 911 emergency system.

Art on Call is a program of Cultural Tourism DC
with support from
DC Commission on the Arts and humanities, DC Creates Public Art Program
District Department of Transportation
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

Citizens Association of Georgetown
Georgetown University Hospital

 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Location. 38° 54.754′ N, 77° 4.53′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Reservoir Road, NW, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Mary's (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Evolution of Burleith (approx. 0.2 miles away); Patriotism and Espionage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Famous Burleith Residents (approx. ¼ mile away);
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
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); The Pilgrim (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Categories. EducationScience & MedicineWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on February 9, 2018, by Devry 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 Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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