Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War

Mount Jackson - Our Soldiers' Cemetery

The Confederate Hospital

A monument to The Confederate Hospital in Mount Jackson is in Our Soldiers' Cemetery in Mount Jackson, Virginia.

 

The marker is next to the Monument To All Confederates.

 

Location and directions

The Civil War Our Soldiers' Cemetery is on the north side of Mount Jackson, on the the west side of the Valley Pike (U.S. 11) about 0.4 mille south of Mount Jackson Road.

(38.7548° N, 78.63408° W. see map)

 

Text from the central stone

 

The Confederate Hospital was established at Mount Jackson under the direction of Dr. Andrew Russell Meem by rder of the Confederate Medical Department in Richmond, Virginia about September 15, 1861. Dr. Meem a native of the area, was a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Medical College.

 

Dr. Meem, on a visit to Harrisonburg February 26, 1865, became ill with an unknown ailment and died at the age of 41.

 

The hospital consisted of three two-story buildings, 150 feet ong, accomodating up to 500 patients. A cemetery was established across the Valley Pike on the west side on land belonging to Colonel Levi Rinker.

 

In the summer of 1865, the 192nd Ohio Volunteer Militia tore down the hospital and built a large village, including a courthouse, guardhouse, ballroom and gallows, at Rude's Hill, three miles south of Mount Jackson. Federal occupation forces used these buildings throughout the reconstruction period. When reconstruction ended in 1875, the structures were removed.

 

Four bronze tablets on the side pillars (see tablets) list the names, states, units and death dates of the 359 Confederate soldiers in the cemetery. The graves of the soldiers were originally marked with this information, but after the war the graves were neglected. By the time the United Daughters of the Confederacy erected the monument To All Confederates, 112 had been lost. Today only three of the original 359 still stand.



Historical marker for The Confederate Hospital in Mount Jackson, Virginia
(above) Monument to The Confederate Hospital in Mount Jackson, Virginia.

Central pillar of the monument to The Confederate Hospital in Mount Jackson, Virginia.
(above) Central pillar of the monument to The Confederate Hospital in Mount Jackson, Virginia.
(below) The bronze bas relief from the central pillar, created by sculptor Gary Casteel, shows the hospital as it looked during the Civil War. (see enlargement)

The bronze bas relief from the central pillar shows the hospital as it looked during the Civil War.






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