News and Tribune

Floyd County

March 27, 2013

NA BICENTENNIAL: The Civil War: The city’s medical contributions to the Union effort

(Continued)

NEW ALBANY —

Almost all the area buildings used for fighting the disease have long since fallen. Only Hospital Number Nine, the old opera theater along Main Street that now houses Auntie Artie’s Antiques, remains. 

Still, New Albanians at the time experienced the war firsthand through these institutions. Eckerman discussed the ways women of the town aided the sick and dying. As side-wheeler steamers pulled along our banks to unload the men, women of the town stood nearby to offer the soldiers drinks. It would not have been uncommon for these ladies to visit the hospitals and provide some friendship to the patients. 

Ladies of New Albany also contributed to the local branch of Indiana’s Sanitation Commission. Both money and supplies were gathered to be used at hospitals both here and abroad. An excerpt of Eckerman’s book even relates a request from a Kentucky hospital for the local women to send them any extra hospital flags they had available. Identifying the medical buildings, the flags were made of yellow fabric and with a giant capital green H centered in the middle. 

In addition to these places of healing, New Albany hosted two hospitals that treated black troops. Pam Peters mentioned these in her book “The Underground Railroad in Floyd County, Indiana.” Anti-black sentiments at the time, she explained in a footnote, made it difficult to house black and white soldiers under the same roof. 

“As it was, there was a good deal of controversy in New Albany about the sick and injured black soldiers and where they were treated,” Peters said.

But that didn’t stop New Albany from helping those soldiers in need. At the former Anderson College building along Main Street, Hospital Number 5, also known as the Hospital d’Afrique, exclusively nursed black soldiers back to health. Likewise, an “unseaworthy” docked boat called the Floating Hospital Ohio also treated only black patients. 

After recuperating, men went back either to their homes or to the battlefield. Some didn’t have either option. Many of the soldiers made New Albany their final resting place. Next week, we’ll examine how the city honored these men by setting aside some sacred ground for their burials. 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Floyd County
LOCAL MAGAZINES
Easter 2014 photos


Click on any photo to purchase it.

SPECIAL CONTENT
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
2013 Photos of the year


Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.