Armory Square Hospital

Title

Armory Square Hospital

Description

Built in 1862 as a model hospital to treat wounded Union soldiers, the Armory Square Hospital had twelve pavilions, overflow tents, and 1,000 hospital beds. It included officers' quarters as well as a chapel. President Lincoln frequently visited the patients here, shaking hands, and offering words of comfort. He suggested building flower beds between the wards using plants from government gardens. After the war, the hospital closed. The armory building was used for storage and then as the home of the Fish Commission. It was demolished in 1964. The National Air and Space Museum stands on the former hospital site.

Source

U.S. National Library of Medicine. View original.

Date

1862 (built)
1964 (demolished)

Coverage

Description

Built in 1862 as a model hospital to treat wounded Union soldiers, the Armory Square Hospital had twelve pavilions, overflow tents, and 1,000 hospital beds. It included officers' quarters as well as a chapel. President Lincoln frequently visited the patients here, shaking hands, and offering words of comfort. He suggested building flower beds between the wards using plants from government gardens. After the war, the hospital closed. The armory building was used for storage and then as the home of the Fish Commission. It was demolished in 1964. The National Air and Space Museum stands on the former hospital site.

Date

1862 (built)

Coverage

1860-1889

Source

U.S. National Library of Medicine. View original.