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Taylor Hotel

“Packed with Confederate wounded”

 
 
Taylor Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2015
1. Taylor Hotel Marker
Inscription. The Taylor Hotel was a major stopping point for travelers because of its location on the Valley Turnpike and also was the center of town life. During the war, it was the headquarters for several commanders, including Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stone­wall” Jackson, who came here in November 1861. His stay was short-lived, however. Disturbed by throngs eager to meet the celebrated “Stonewall,” he moved days later to the privacy of the Lewis T. Moore house (now the Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters Museum).

Cavalry commander Turner Ashby, “the Black Knight of the Confederacy,” received his promotion to brigadier general here on May 27, 1862—just 10 days before he was killed near Harrisonburg. He is buried at Stonewall Cemetery a few blocks east.

The hotel also served as a soldiers' hospital for both sides. In May 1863, Union Gen. Robert Milroy ordered repairs “to fix the damage done to the ‘Taylor Hotel’ … by the troops of this Division, resulting from its use as a hospital.” Winchester diarist Mary Greenhow Lee wrote on July 25, 1863, “The sick & wounded Yankees, left at Taylor's Hotel, are without guard.” After the Third Battle of Winchester on September 19, 1864, Northern illustrator James E. Taylor wrote, “A yellow [General Hospital] flag fastened
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By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2015
2. Confederate Wounded
Confederate wounded carried into Taylor Hotel after the Third Battle of Winchester, by James E. Taylor
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Western Reserve Historical Society
to one of the pillars and railing of the hotel porch proclaimed [its] present use. … I found every available space packed with Confederate wounded conveyed from the battlefield, fortunate indeed, to find such excellent quarters.”
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 11.052′ N, 78° 9.916′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Loudoun Street and East Boscawen Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 North Loudoun Street, Winchester VA 22601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A View of Winchester in 1745 - The Four Public Lots (a few steps from this marker); Frederick County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Lord Fairfax (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel James Wood (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington's Political Career Began on this Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Battle of Winchester
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By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2015
3. Confederate Troops
Confederate Troops marching through Winchester, showing Taylor Hotel (built 1847 by Bushrod Taylor) in center, Harper's Weekly, Aug. 3, 1861.
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Jacob H. Yost Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Rouss City Hall Historical Tour (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
 
Also see . . .  Taylor Hotel Edition. (PDF) Preservation of Winchester Newsletter. Spring 2011. (Submitted on January 27, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
You Are Here image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2015
4. You Are Here
Close-up of map on marker
Taylor Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2015
5. Taylor Hotel Marker
Jackson image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2015
6. Jackson
Gen. Thomas J. ”Stonewall“ Jackson Photograph taken in Winchester, November 1862.
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Taylor Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2015
7. Taylor Hotel
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 416 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 27, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6. submitted on November 11, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7. submitted on January 27, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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