|Washington Hall Hospital, identified along with other hospitals on a section of Magnus' Birdseye View of Alexandria, Va.|
|The Quartermaster Map shows the hospital with offices and a sink (privy).|
|A 20th century building on the site now houses retail stores and offices.|
History of Washington Hall General Hospital
622-626 King Street
Washington Hall. a brick meeting hall built in 1854, was destroyed by fire in the early to mid 1900s. In the Civil War, Washington Hall General Hospital was a branch of the Second Division General Hospital.
Source: Joint Select Committee to Investigate Charities and Reformatory Institutions in the District of Columbia.
More Information: Revisiting another Civil War era hospital. Out of the Attic, April 27, 2017.
First Person Accounts
A description of Washington Hall from the Alexandria Gazette, January 5, 1855, p. 3:
This fine new hall on King Street near the corner of Washington has been leased by a company of gentlemen and beautifully fitted up for theatrical purposes, concerts, etc. It is to be opened tonight with a concert by the Swiss Bell Ringers. The hall is a large one, capable of seating, in comfort, over six hundred persons, and the seats are arranged so as to give all an opportunity of seeing without difficulty.
- Title: Birdseye View of Alexandria, Va.
- Creator: Charles Magnus, publisher
- Image Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
- Image Date: 1863
- Medium: Colored Lithograph
- Library of Congress Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-348
- Library of Congress Call Number: PGS - Magnus--Birds eye view
- Library of Congress Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication
The Quartermaster Map shows the hospital with offices and a sink (privy).
Location and the Site Today
Washington Hall was located at 622-626 King Street. A 20th century building on the site houses offices and retail shops, including Banana Republic and the Gap Outlet.
- See the location today on Google Maps.
- Civil War Hospitals Map (pdf)
- More Union Hospitals
- Alexandria Civil War Hospitals, interactive StoryMap
- Alexandria Civil War Hospitals Walking Tour Brochure