Near Waverly Village in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
From Church to Hospital
Still, 92 Union soldiers and an unknown number of Confederates died at the church and were buried just outside its doors. For several days, surgeons worked tirelessly inside the church, bandaging wounds, administering anesthesia, and removing injured arms, legs, hands, and feet. The human suffering was immense.
The sight inside the building for horror, was, perhaps, never equaled within so limited a space. Every available foot of space was crowded with wounded and bleeding soldiers. The amputated limbs were piled up in every corner almost as high as a man could reach; blood flowed in streams along the aisles and out at the doors….
Colonel Robert McMillan, 24th Georgia
(Caption, upper right picture): One of the Confederate surgeons working at Salem Church was George R. C. Todd, brother of May Todd Lincoln and brother-in-law of President Abraham Lincoln.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military
Location. 38° 17.346′ N, 77° 31.873′ W. Marker is near Waverly Village, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Old Salem Church Road near Plank Road (Virginia Route 3). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4044 Plank Road, Fredericksburg VA 22407, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Salem Church (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Salem Church (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Salem Church (a few steps from this marker); Refuge from Horror (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Salem Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Salem Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Churchyard to Battleground (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sanctuaries in Spotsylvania (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waverly Village.
Regarding From Church to Hospital. This is one of five stops at Salem Church related to the Battle of Chancellorsville. See the Salem Church Virtual Tour by Markers in the links section for a listing of related markers on the tour.
Also see . . .
1. Salem Church Virtual Tour by Markers. The Salem Church site, surrounded by modern development, was an important site in the later stages of the Battle and Campaign of Chancellorsville. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Salem Church Walking Trail. National Park Service guide. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 973 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 12, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 4. submitted on July 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.