Photos and Map From Civil War Convalescent Camp

Map of the new convalescent camp, Fairfax Co., Va. four miles S.W. from Washington, D.C.

Map of the new convalescent camp, Fairfax Co., Va. four miles S.W. from Washington, D.C.

This is an 1863 map of the convalescent camp four miles outside of Washington. This was run by the U.S. Christian Commission, and below is a photo of their D.C. headquarters from 1865.

Maimed Soldiers and Others before Office of U.S. Christian Commission - Washington, D.C., April 1865

Maimed Soldiers and Others before Office of U.S. Christian Commission – Washington, D.C., April 1865

Source: civilwarphotos.net

And, if we’re not mistaken, below is a photo of that camp in 1863, showing the U.S. Sanitary Commsion.

U.S. Sanitary Commission 1863

U.S. Sanitary Commission 1863

Source: The United States Army Heritage & Education Center


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  • Arlington Historical Society

    This answers a question, we’ve always had at the Arlington Historical Society: How did the Ball-Sellers House survive the Civil War and NOT get torn down for its wood. It’s on the southern border of this photo near Four Mile Run and the railroad. Although it remained in the ownership of the Carlin family, we’ve never seen any indication that they lived there during the Civil War. It might be that the Carlins vacated the house and someone from the convalescent camp lived/worked there. Wonderful artifact. Thanks for sharing!

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