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Queen Street Hospital

603 Queen Street

 

History

The hospital was located at was located at the Bellhaven Female Institute, a popular school built by Robert Brockett. Brockett constructed an addition at 603 Queen Street, “fully supplied with gas and water, and thoroughly heated with flues,” as described in the Alexandria Gazette in 1858.
The Hospital opened on April 22, 1862 and became part of the Third Division of Alexandria’s US General Hospitals on Sept. 20, 1862. It closed April 25, 1865 and is now the Anchorage House Condominiums. An historic plaque now marks the building.


Capt. A. W. Bartlett, a doctor on duty from Twelfth New Hampshire volunteers, wrote:

The room in which I am now writing was once filled with study desks and was used as a study hall for the delicate Southern beauties who were wont each day to spend a portion of their time within its high and smooth polished walls….The long rows of desks are gone and their places filled with narrow iron bedsteads covered with ticks of straw and blankets each supporting its daily lessening weight of suffering flesh. In place of mirthful minds and merry hearts of careless and bright eyed maid youth…is now seen the aching-hearted, soul stricken victims of disease and death….

William Francis Smith and T. Michael Miller, A Seaport Saga, Portrait of Old Alexandria, Virginia. Walsworth Publishing Co., 1989, p. 76. 


 

 

 

The following is a letter from Dr. Washington Gay Elliott, who served at the hospital:


April 30, 1864
Queen Street Hospital

My dear sister,
Oh the loneliness the desolation, I feel this morning. I am called again to mourn. I have lost my dear wife. She died last evening at ½ past eleven o’clock firm in the faith of a blessed immortality….Write to me soon. I shall leave for Clyde tomorrow morning with the remains but shall be obliged to return here as it is impossible for me to close up the matters connected with the hospital before I leave….I omitted to mention in connection that my wife gave birth to a daughter 36 hours before she died… 

 
Historic Image
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Quartermaster Map 

 

 

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Caption: Quartermaster Map, Queen Street Hospital

Location 

603 Queen Street
 
 Image: CWHospitalsMap.pdf with close-up box showing location of this hospital. 

The Site Today
 
The historic building is now the Anchorage House Condominiums.

Image:   https://maps.google.com/maps?q=603+Queen+St,+Alexandria,+VA&hl=en&ll=38.806833,-77.044995&spn=0.010743,0.016522&sll=38.807331,-77.045635&layer=c&cbp=13,357.56,,0,-6.43&cbll=38.807228,-77.04563&gl=us&hnear=603+Queen+St,+Alexandria,+Virginia+22314&t=h&z=17&panoid=UiPKkVsoloVWj5ve99VTBQ 

Historic Alexandria Administration
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Alexandria, VA 22314
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