Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township

HATT | PO Box 2084 | Pocono Pines, PA 18350-2084



East Capitol and 15th Streets, Washington, D.C.

Pvt. William Henry Christman was admitted May 1, 1864, for treatment of measles and periontitis. He died here on May 11, having served less than two months since enlisting.

Opened in December 1862, Lincoln General was the largest of the military hospitals in the area built by the Army to take care of the Civil War casualties. It was located on Capitol Hill, 15 blocks east of the Capitol building.

The hospital complex included 20 pavilions, arranged in two lines forming a V, and 25 tent wards, which provided altogether a bed capacity of 2,575. The kitchen and dining rooms were connected to the pavilions by means of a covered pathway.

In addition to the headquarters (marked by the flag at the point of the V), there were officers quarters, quarters for Sisters who provided nursing service, barracks, guard house, separate quarters for contrabands, and service facilities such as water tank, laundry, barber shop, carpenter shop, stables and a morgue (“Dead House”).

Like most other military hospitals, Lincoln General was taken down shortly after the Civil War. The area once occupied by Lincoln General is now a residential district.

Source: Historic Medical Sites in the Washington, D.C. Area – U.S. National Library of Medicine / National Institutes of Health

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