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Fowle (Powell) Hospital)

Fowle (Powell) Hospital 
Image 1: 811 Prince Street. Historic Alexandria, Virginia, Street by Street: A Survey of Existing Historic Buildings, Evelyn Cox


Grace, Prince Street, Lyceum on Bird's Eye View

Image 2: Fowle (Powell) Hospital, identified along with other hospitals on a section of Magnus'  Birdseye View of Alexandria, Va(Library of Congress.) 

  Fowle (Powell) Hospital Today 

811 Prince Street today.

Civil War Hospitals Map (large)
Powell is located near the center of the map, above Prince Street.  (Click here for a larger image.) 

811 Prince Street



The Fowle Hospital (sometimes misspelled as Powell in contemporary documents) was located in a three-story masonry home at 811 Prince Street. The house was built in 1854, and purchased by a prominent Alexandria merchant, William J. Fowle in 1855. Fowle went with his family to Richmond as the conflict began, and his son, William H Fowle, III, enlisted in the Confederate army. He sued for the return of his home, but died before what was ultimately a successful court decision. This hospital was considered part of the Prince Street Hospital on the opposite side of the street. From March, 1862, to Sept. 20, 1862, this hospital was a branch of the General Hospital (Mansion House). It then became a branch of the 2nd Division General Hospital (Alexandria) until it closed. (Source: Civil War DC website, from National Archives data.)

These two hospitals were referred to in a Civil War era article in the Alexandria Gazette"These mansions are known as the Johnston and Powell Houses, Mr. Powell (Wm. J. Fowle) was formerly a merchant and like Mr. Johnston, went to Richmond."

  • Source: “The U.S. Hospitals in Alexandria,” Alexandria Gazette, May 20, 1864, p. 2, reproduced in Alexandria Chronicle, Summer 1995, p. 24.

Historic Image

Image 1: 

  • Title:  811 Prince Street
  • Image Source: Historic Alexandria, Virginia, Street by Street: A Survey of Existing Historic Buildings, Evelyn Cox.  (Historic Alexandria Foundation, 1976.)
  • Image Date: ca. 1976
  • Medium: Photograph


Image 2:  

Quartermaster Map

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Location and the Site Today

The hospital is located 811 Prince Street.

  • See the location today on Google Maps.
  • Click here to see the location of this hospital in relation to others, on a map prepared by Alexandria Archaeology.  

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