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Civil War Sesquicentennial
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Washington Hall General Hospital

Grace, Prince Street, Lyceum on Bird's Eye View
Washington Hall Hospital, identified along with other hospitals on a section of Magnus' Birdseye View of Alexandria, Va.

Washington Hall, Quartermaster Map

The Quartermaster Map shows the hospital with offices and a sink (privy). 

Washington Hall Today

A 20th century building on the site now houses retail stores and offices.

 Civil War Hospitals Map: Washington Hall                                                

622-626 King Street

 

History 

Washington Hall. a brick meeting hall built in 1854, was destroyed by fire in the early to mid 1900s. In the Civil War, Washington Hall General Hospital was a branch of the Second Division General Hospital. 

Source: Joint Select Committee to Investigate Charities and Reformatory Institutions in the District of Columbia.
 

First Person Accounts

A description of Washington Hall from the Alexandria Gazette, January 5, 1855, p. 3:


This fine new hall on King Street near the corner of Washington has been leased by a company of gentlemen and beautifully fitted up for theatrical purposes, concerts, etc. It is to be opened tonight with a concert by the Swiss Bell Ringers. The hall is a large one, capable of seating, in comfort, over six hundred persons, and the seats are arranged so as to give all an opportunity of seeing without difficulty.

    

Historic Image

Quartermaster Map

The Quartermaster Map shows the hospital with offices and a sink (privy).


Location and the Site Today

Washington Hall was located at 622-626 King Street. A 20th century building on the site houses offices and retail shops, including Banana Republic and the Gap Outlet.

 

Office of Historic Alexandria 

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220 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.4554
Fax: 703.838.6451
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