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Sanitary Lodge: 1865

Sanitary Lodge: 1865

April 1865. "Buildings of the Sanitary Commission Home Lodge for Invalid Soldiers, North Capitol Street near C Street." Wet plate glass negative from photographs of the U.S. Sanitary and Christian Commissions. View full size.

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Unless I miss my guess, that is a standard US Army CW ambulance parked in the muddy street.

A lot to see...

So are the little "cottages" individual dwellings? England has something like this, or did. Must be windy today, the flag is just a blur.

Muddy Street

It would be easier to drive the horse & wagon down the sidewalk!

Up in smoke

Interesting how the chimneys of that four story building were integrated into the exterior wall, as opposed to planting them on the outside. I see another building that seems to have the same feature. And that street would have been hellaciously muddy after a good rain, or melting snow. We are so spoiled now. I do relish trying to understand how and why they built they way the did.


Would the Sanitary Commission handle all invalid soldiers, or only those with TB?

Handicap access

I betcha those invalid soldiers had a tough time making it to the upper floors of the 4-story walkup!!!

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