Fowle (Powell) Hospital

The hospital, a part of the Prince Street hospital complex, was located in 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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