Confederate Memorial Chapel

Confederate Memorial Chapel (HMS0Y)

Location: Richmond, VA 23221
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 33.347', W 77° 28.561'

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R. E. Lee Camp, No.1

— Confederate Soldiers' Home —

Between 1885 and 1941 the present-day location of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was the site of a large residential complex for poor and infirm Confederate veterans of the Civil War. Established by R. E. Lee Camp, No. 1, Confederate Veterans, the camp was built with private funds, including donations from former Confederate and Union soldiers alike. At peak occupancy, residents numbered just over three hundred; altogether a total of nearly three thousand veterans from thirty-three states called the camp home. From the camp's earliest years, the Commonwealth of Virginia helped fund the institution. When the last resident died in 1941, the Commonwealth gained ownership of the site and designated it as the Confederate Memorial Park.

Dedicated in 1877 to the Confederate war dead, this nondenominational chapel served as a place of worship for the residents of R. E. Lee Camp, No. 1. Funded by donations from veterans and private citizens of the Commonwealth, it was designed by architect Marion J. Dimmock in the Carpenter-Gothic style. The interior features hand-hewn pews, eight commemorative stained-glass windows, and a bell that once tolled the day's hours. In the postwar era of reconciliation, Union veterans from Lynn, Massachusetts, donated the organ. By the time the camp closed fifty-four years later, the chapel had hosted approximately 1,700 funeral services for the former soldiers.
HM NumberHMS0Y
Year Placed2011
Placed ByVirginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 7:49am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 281289 N 4159411
Decimal Degrees37.55578333, -77.47601667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 33.347', W 77° 28.561'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 33' 20.82" N, 77° 28' 33.66" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2900-2998 Grove Ave, Richmond VA 23221, US
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