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Stop #4: Healing the Wounded: (Tour of Duty: Barracks Row Heritage Trail sign)
Pennsylvania Avenue, Ninth and E Streets, SE
During the Civil War, the Navy drew up plans for a hospital, but the sturdy building now known as the Old Naval Hospital did not open until 1866, a year after the war ended. It opened with beds for 50 injured and ailing seamen as well as the carriage house/stable and gazebo that remain today. The hospital's front door originally was on E Street facing the nearby Navy Yard and Marine Barracks; later it opened from Pennsylvania Avenue.
The hospital's first patient was 24-year-old African American seaman Benjamin Drummond. Drummond was admitted in June 1866 with a gunshot wound to the leg received in a Civil War battle three years before. After escaping from a Confederate prison in Texas, Drummond returned to duty, but the old wound hadn't healed, so he was hospitalized here. In 1868 Drummond was discharged with a government pension.
By 1906 the hospital was deemed "antiquated," and it closed briefly, then reopened as the Hospital Corps Training School, where sailors learned nursing, hygiene, and anatomy. From 1922 until 1963 it was the Temporary Home for Old Soldiers and Sailors. Since 1963 the building has been leased to District of Columbia government agencies. In 2000 concerned neighbors formed the Friends of the Old Naval Hospital to promote, restore, and preserve the building and grounds.
As you walk along Ninth Street to the next Barracks Row Heritage Trail sign, be sure to note the variety of architectural styles. These homes were occupied by residents of all tastes and economic levels who lived side by side in this neighborhood.
With thanks for research by Dan Daly and Friends of the Old Naval Hospital.
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2009 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs. I've also got a Nikon D90 and a newer Fuji -- the S200EHX -- both of which are nice but I still prefer the flexibility of the Fuji.
Trips this year:
Niagara Falls, NY,
New York City,
Civil War Trust conferences in Gettysburg, PA and Springfield, IL, and
my 4th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Los Angeles, Yosemite, Death Valley, Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree, etc).
Ego strokes: I had a picture of a Lincoln-Obama cupcake sculpture published in Civil War Times and WUSA-9, the local CBS affiliate, ran a quick piece on me. A picture that I took at the annual Abraham Lincoln Symposium appeared in the National Archives' "Prologue" magazine. I became a volunteer with the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Number of photos taken this year: 417,000.
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