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Lucy Mina Otey and the Ladie’s Relief Hospital

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
1. Lucy Mina Otey and the Ladie’s Relief Hospital Marker
Inscription. The unsung and frequently unappreciated heroes of the Confederacy were the Southern women who worked in hospitals. Mrs. Lucy Mina Otey, age 60 and a recent widow who eventually lost three sons in the Civil War, formed a corps of 500 Lynchburg women, the Ladie’s Relief Society, to make bandages and uniforms. As the carnage of war continued, women’s roles quickly expanded to become nurses and hospital matrons.

Greeted and rebuffed at a post hospital one day with the orders: “No more women, no more flies,” Lucy Mina Otey traveled to Richmond and petitioned President Jefferson Davis to establish the independent Ladie’s Relief Hospital on Main Street. With a capacity ofor 100 patients, The Ladie’s Hospital was staffed by the Women’s Corps with “Mrs. Captain Otey” as its President. Even though it became an unwritten law always to send the worst casualties to Ladie’s Hospital, their mortality rate was the lowest of the local military hospitals, and it became renowned as one of the finest hospitals in the South.
 
Location. 37° 24.93′ N, 79° 9.418′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Taylor Street and 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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By Bernard Fisher
2. Lynchburg Civil War Hospital Markers
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Confederate Section (here, next to this marker); Lynchburg, Virginia (here, next to this marker); Crippled Corps and V.M.I. Cadets Form Inner Defenses in Old City Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Lynchburg’s Confederate Surgeons (here, next to this marker); Silas Green (here, next to this marker); Professor Frank Trigg (within shouting distance of this marker); Court Street Baptist Church Tragedy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carl Porter Cato Rose Collection (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
Also see . . .  Old City Cemetery. The oldest public cemetery in Virginia still in use today - central Virginia's most unique public garden (Submitted on May 28, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Science & MedicineWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 28, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 580 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 28, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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