Fowle (Powell) Hospital

The hospital, a part of the Prince Street hospital complex, was located in a home confiscated from confederate sympathizer William J. Fowle. After the war, Fowle sued for the return of his home, but he died before what was ultimately a successful court decision.

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Fowle (Powell) HospitalImage 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: Fowle (Powell) Hospital

History of Fowle Hospital

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.

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