Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Vast Hospital
Wounded Union Soldiers in a Fredericksburg yard, May 1864. All but one of these men have been wounded in the leg. Most of the wounded soldiers brought to Fredericksburg survived…
…But some did not. Hundreds of men died in the hospitals here during May and June 1864. Private Kronenberger’s headboard may be among the long row of graves visible behind this burial party.
“…I am lying in this place with a wound in my right leg, below the knee. I am in good spirits and the Drs. say my wound isn’t dangerous, so I hope you won’t worry about me… We haven’t a pleasant hospital, but good as we can expect under the circumstances.” —Pvt. Fred Kronenberger (2d N.J.) to his parents, May 17, 1864—five days before his death in a Fredericksburg hospital.
After the December 13, 1862 battle, Fredericksburg suffered yet another form of horror: thousands of wounded Union soldiers crowded the city. For several days Clara Barton, the future founder of the American Red Cross, tended to patients in the shell-torn Presbyterian Church across the street from you.
In May 1864, ambulances again clogged the city’s streets. Virtually every public building became a hospital, filled with wounded soldiers from the battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania. By today’s standards, conditions were
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service.
Location. 38° 18.137′ N, 77° 27.594′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Princess Anne Street and George Street, on the left when traveling south on Princess Anne Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 815 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Courthouse (here, next to this marker); The “Demon of Destruction” (here, next to this marker); War Comes to Fredericksburg (here, next to this marker); Gen. Stonewall Jackson (a few steps from this marker); Clara Barton (within shouting distance of this marker); Corporation Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Barton House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Market Square (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Second Town Hall / Market House (about 300 feet away); Fredericksburg United Methodist Church (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Also see . . .
1. The Clara Barton House. (Submitted on September 18, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Clara H. Barton Marker. At the Second Battle of Manassas. (Submitted on September 18, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Categories. • Science & Medicine • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 18, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,853 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 18, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.