Portsmouth, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Portsmouth Naval Hospital
Administering to Both the Union and Confederacy
When Virginia left the Union the hospital was used by the Confederacy until Portsmouth was abandoned by Southern forces on May 10, 1862. The Union maintained the hospital through out the remainder of the War supporting the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
In the hospital grave yard is a memorial to the 337 dead of USS Cumberland and USS Congress killed when these vessels were sunk on March 8, 1862, by the CSS Virginia. Fifty-eight Confederates are also buried there.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 36° 50.419′ N, 76° 17.952′ W. Marker was in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker was on Crawford Parkway 0.1 miles east of Court Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Elizabeth River (was here, next to this marker but has been reported missing. ); Arnold's British Defenses, 1781 (was here, next to this marker but has been reported missing. ); Crawford Bay (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Craney Island (about 600 feet away); Cornwallis at Portsmouth (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Arnold's British Defenses, 1781 (about 700 feet away); Olde Towne Portsmouth (about 700 feet away); Spanish-American War 1898-1902 (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
More about this marker. On the left is a photo of Building Number One. On the right is a painting captioned, "The Sinking of the 'Cumberland' by the Iron Clad 'Merrimac,' off Newport News, VA March 8, 1862." Sketched by F. Newman.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,859 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 24, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.