Washington Street Methodist Church Hospital

Washington Street Methodist Church was occupied because of the congregation’s Southern sympathies. The upstairs sanctuary became a hospital and the first floor became a stable.

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Washington Street Methodist Church Hospital Image 1: Washington Street Methodist Episcopal Church, ca. 1862-1863
Washington Street Methodist Church Hospital (NARA) Image 2: Washington Street Methodist Episcopal Church. National Archives and Records Administration.
Washington Street Methodist Church Hospital Receipt Image 3: Receipt for medical supplies used at the Methodist Church Hospital.
Grace, Prince Street, Lyceum on Bird's Eye View Image 4: Washington Street Methodist Church Hospital, identified along with other hospitals on a section of Magnus' Birdseye View of Alexandria, Va.
Washington Street Methodist Church, Quartermaster Map The hospital is shown on a Quartermaster Map.
Washington Street Methodist Church Hospital Today The Church remains in use today.
Civil War Hospitals Map: Washington Street Methodist Church                                                                                                          

History of the Washington Street Methodist Church Hospital

115 S. Washington Street

This church was known as the Methodist Episcopal Church when the Union occupied it in January, 1862. The church was occupied because of the congregation’s Southern sympathies. According to the church archives, the upstairs sanctuary became a hospital and the first floor became a stable.

The church was returned to the congregation in 1865 and reopened for use in October of that year, after major repairs. A new façade was constructed in the 1870s. The Federal government paid $3,680 in Civil War reparations in 1915.

Historic Images


Image 1: 

  • Title: Washington Street Methodist Episcopal Church, ca. 1862-1863
  • Image Source: Washington Street Methodist Church Archives
  • Image Date: ca. 1862-1863
  • Medium: Photography
  • Rights Advisory: Reproduced with permission, Washington Street Methodist Church

Image 2:

  • Title: Washington Street Methodist Church
  • Image Source: U.S. National Archives 
  • Image Date: ca. 1860-1865 
  • Medium: photograph 
  • National Archives Rights Advisory: Unrestricted. 

Image 3:

  • Title: Receipt for medicines, hospital stores, bedding &c., used at the Methodist Church Hospital
  • Image Source: Washington Street Methodist Church
  • Rights Advisory: Reproduced with permission, Washington Street Methodist Church

Image 4:  

Quartermaster Map


The hospital is shown on a Quartermaster Map.

Location and the Site Today

The building, at 115 S. Washington Street, continues to house the Washington Street United Methodist Church. 

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