Burning the Winchester Medical CollegeThis is the former location of the Winchester Medical College. In the spring of 1862, Union soldiers from Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks's command allegedly entered the building and discovered a partially dissected African American boy. They also found what they believed was the skeleton of Watson Brown, one of John Brown's sons killed during Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. Medical school students had reportedly brought Watson Brown's body to Winchester for dissection. Winchester resident John Peyton Clark claimed that the city's Union commander, Col. George Beal, 10th Maine Infantry, ordered Watson's remains recovered and buried and the College burned. On the evening of May 16, 1862, the College did burn, although contemporary accounts differ about who was responsible. When three fire engines arrived to douse the flames, Union soldiers allegedly stopped them.
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails, Shenandoah at War|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, September 28th, 2018 at 11:02am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 744398 N 4341145|
|Decimal Degrees||39.18521667, -78.17041667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 11.113', W 78° 10.225'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 11' 6.78" N, 78° 10' 13.5" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 302 W Boscawen St, Winchester VA 22601, US|
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