Taylor Hotel

Taylor Hotel (HM1QKV)

Location: Winchester, VA 22601
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 11.052', W 78° 9.916'

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"Packed with Confederate wounded"

The Taylor Hotel was a major stopping point for travelers because of its location on the Valley Turnpike and also was the center of town life. During the war, it was the headquarters for several commanders, including Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stone­wall" Jackson, who came here in November 1861. His stay was short-lived, however. Disturbed by throngs eager to meet the celebrated "Stonewall," he moved days later to the privacy of the Lewis T. Moore house (now the Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters Museum).

Cavalry commander Turner Ashby, "the Black Knight of the Confederacy," received his promotion to brigadier general here on May 27, 1862—just 10 days before he was killed near Harrisonburg. He is buried at Stonewall Cemetery a few blocks east.

The hotel also served as a soldiers' hospital for both sides. In May 1863, Union Gen. Robert Milroy ordered repairs "to fix the damage done to the 'Taylor Hotel' ... by the troops of this Division, resulting from its use as a hospital." Winchester diarist Mary Greenhow Lee wrote on July 25, 1863, "The sick & wounded Yankees, left at Taylor's Hotel, are without guard." After the Third Battle of Winchester on September 19, 1864, Northern illustrator James E. Taylor wrote, "A yellow [General Hospital] flag fastened to one of the pillars and railing of the hotel porch proclaimed [its] present use. ... I found every available space packed with Confederate wounded conveyed from the battlefield, fortunate indeed, to find such excellent quarters."
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 744847 N 4341046
Decimal Degrees39.18420000, -78.16526667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 11.052', W 78° 9.916'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 11' 3.12" N, 78° 9' 54.96" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9 Court Square, Winchester VA 22601, US
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