Lynchburg, Virginia

Lynchburg, Virginia (HM1EN2)

Location: Lynchburg, VA 24504
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N 37° 24.928', W 79° 9.419'

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A Civil War Hospital Center

Lynchburg was known as "Tobacco Town" before the Civil War, with its 70 thriving tobacco businesses and numerous warehouses. It was also a railroad hub, the terminus of three railroads. Early in the Civil War, many of the warehouses were converted to hospitals and the railroad became the conduit for Confederate casualties pouring into the city. There a peak time after the Battle of the Wilderness (May 1864) when Lynchburg, with 6,000 inhabitants, was overwhelmed with over 10,000 wounded and diseased soldiers. During the four year Civil War, as the South's largest outpost hospital center, Lynchburg admitted in excess of 20,000 patients with nearly 3,000 deaths. Over 2,200 of those soldiers are buried in this Confederate Section of the Old City Cemetery.

To the left you'll find the location of the tobacco warehouses and Lynchburg's other buildings which were converted for hospital use. Additional private homes, used as temporary hospitals, brought the total number of hospitals to over thirty.
HM NumberHM1EN2
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 9:50pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 663095 N 4142557
Decimal Degrees37.41546667, -79.15698333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 24.928', W 79° 9.419'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 24' 55.68" N, 79° 9' 25.14" W
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Area Code(s)434, 540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301 Monroe St, Lynchburg VA 24504, US
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