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Re: Civil War Hospital
Posted by: Ken Fowler Date: August 05, 2001 at 20:26:34
In Reply to: Civil War Hospital by Michelle Moreland Orlando of 608

Hey Cuz,

After Chickamauga, field hospitals were apparently set up where-ever there was a place. Another cousin shared this old newspaper article which talks about such.


Chattanooga News-Free Press, Tuesday, June 3, 1941 "Wife of Confederate Veteran Recalls Harrowing Days of War Between States"

"Cherished Memories of Long Ago Revealed by Mrs. Robert Smith" by Brainard Cooper

Vivid and cherished memories of dashing young soldiers in grey (sic.) -- and of dying young soldiers in gray, cheering the South with their last breaths --- were recalled today by Mrs. Ovyleen Fowler Smith, 88, 8418 Whitaker Place, North Chattanooga, as Southerners paused to pay tribute to these same soldiers on Confederate Memorial Day.

During the War Between the States, Mrs. Smith, who is the widow of a Confederate veteran, lived on what is now Ringgold Road, about four miles south of Fort Oglethorpe. The historic Battle of Chickamauga began within a half mile of her home.

Today, reminiscing on those days so long ago, Mrs. Smith recalled that on the day before that battle, Confederate officers warned her father, Edward Fowler, to remove his family to a safer place. The family crossed a ridge into Peavine Valley and remained there at the home of friends until the bloody battle was over.


Though she was just 11 years old when the battle was fought, Mrs. Smith today recalled details of her harrowing experiences with vivid clarity.

"When we went back the day after the battle," she said, "the lawn of our home, the grove and grounds all around the house were covered with dead, dying, and wounded soldiers. A field hospital had been established there because it was so near the battlefield."

"All the sheets, pillow cases and other linens in the house had been used to make bandages for the wounded."

Mrs. Smith recalled that she worked for hours carrying water and pouring it on wounded and dying men to relieve their suffering.

"Even while they were dying," she said, her eyes sparkling at the memory, "the boys cheered on their fellow soldiers. 'Give it to them!' they would yell."


I'd bet that every farmhouse in the neighborhood was comandeered for hospital service. Not just for shelter, but the well and probably the supplies in the house. And that is going to make the search even harder.

Sorry I don't have anything more solid for you.

Cheers... Ken

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