American Field Hospital

American Field Hospital (HM74I)

Location: Yorktown, VA 23690 York County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 12.511', W 76° 29.974'

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1781 Siege of Yorktown

— Colonial National Historical Park —

I attended at the hospital, amputated a man's arm, and assisted in dressing a number of wounds.
Dr. James Thacher, October 1781

I hastened with all speed to the hospital ? to procure another supply from Dr. Craik; and he desired that if the Marquis de la Fayette should be wounded, I would devote to him my first attention.
Dr. James Thacher, October 7, 1781


Dr. James Craik, chief physician and surgeon, supervised the American Field Hospital located in this area. Assisted by Drs. James Thacher and Aeneas Munson, he fought a constant battle to protect soldiers from exposure to small pox and other diseases, to secure adequate medical supplies, and to shelter the sick and wounded. Patients needing long term medical care were transported to the American Hospital in Williamsburg.

This field hospital, located in the vicinity of the Marquis de Lafayette's headquarters, may reflect the concern Dr. Craik had for Lafayette's welfare.
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HM NumberHM74I
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Placed ByColonial National Historical Park, National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 3:29pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 366935 N 4119057
Decimal Degrees37.20851667, -76.49956667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 12.511', W 76° 29.974'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 12' 30.66" N, 76° 29' 58.44" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4450-4562 Hamilton Rd, Yorktown VA 23690, US
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