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Jim Breeden wrote at 2008-01-20 17:11:55
This posting is in regard to C. P. Schulze's response of 04/08/2007 to Noell about the hospital his ancestor who served with the 63rd Virginia Regt. died in.  I have done, and am continuing to do, a good deal of research on Confederate hospitals.  I published an article in the Journal of Southern History in 1966 on the CSA hospitals around Atlanta during Sherman's invasion.  There is more material in my Joseph Jones, M.D.:  Scientist of the Old South (Lexington:  University of Kentucky Press, 1975).  I also have research material on this topic.  When I get a chance I will look for Ford (Foard?) Hospital in it.  As I recall Ford (Foard?) was a medical director.  In any event, the hospital most likely was started in the Chattanooga area and was evacuated to the Atlanta area in front of Sherman.  Please free to have the person answering the question to contact me.  I am in Charleston, SC at my primary residence and my research materials and books are in Charlottesville, VA at my second home.  For now, a good starting place for Noell is Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein, Confederate Hospitals on the Move:  Samuel H. Stout and the Army of Tennessee (Columbia:  University of South Carolina Press, 1994).

E. Bugg wrote at 2008-03-09 22:18:59
There was a Ford (have seen it also spelled Foard) Hospital in Forsyth, Monroe County, GA during the Civil War along with several others. I have no specific information on it but am in the midst of working on verification for the Confederate soldiers buried in our City Cemetery.  What was the ancestor's name and I might be able to tell you whether or not he was a known casualty in our County?  

Dave Burnett wrote at 2008-08-13 21:15:46
There were in fact two Foard hospitals in Georgia during the American Civil War. One in Marietta, Surgeon in charge P.H. Otey and the other in Newnan Surgeon in charge J.N. Hughes. See H.H. Cunningham Doctors in Gray.

Abby wrote at 2009-03-22 03:38:45
There was a "Foard" Hospital in Americus, Ga, during the Civil War.  If the 63rd was in Georgia as you've been told, that might be a possibility.

Lynn wrote at 2010-04-28 14:27:39
   In regards to the person seeking where Ford Hospital was;  I have a relative that died at Crumpton's Factory in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1864.  Crumpton's, as well as Ford's were tobacco factories that were converted to hospitals during the was.  I found a map of the hospitals and Ford's was right above Crumpton's.

R.W. wrote at 2010-08-03 01:53:43
This information is from "The Wesley Christian Advocate" April 3rd 1895 Obituary for my GGG Grandfather  George Turnbull Pursley...."Not content to alone urge his countrymen to enlist in the war, he went himself 'with the Third Arkansas (Colonel Rusk's) regiment.  He was elected assistant chief surgeon of his regiment.  For six months in the mountains of Virginia he was found faithful to the trust committed to his keeping.  Believing he would be of more benefit to his country elsewhere, he resigned his position as assistant surgeon of North Virginia and went with General Albert Sydney Johnston to Mississippi. He was soon in the army under General Bragg in Tennessee. Here, at Chattanooga, he was promoted to full surgeon and appointed chief surgeon of Ford Hospital, and acted in that capacity till the close of the war.  His eyes witnessed the fearful contests around Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge.  His Hospital was moved to Dalton, GA., and from thence to Marietta and on down finally to Atlanta."

Rob wrote at 2011-04-08 03:38:05
There is a crossroads along US Route 460 west of Petersburg known as Ford.  This is very likely where the hospital was because this area was behind the Confederate lines during the siege of Petersburg.  

ceramicnut wrote at 2013-09-21 00:57:29
Another way to seek a hospital for a given time is to check the unit history and see where the unit was that day.  The hospital would likely be in the general vicinity.

T. Larson wrote at 2014-04-09 00:50:41
It may be helpful to know that Dr. Andrew J. Foard was Medical Director for the Army of Tennessee.  There was a Foard Hospital at Chattanooga, Tennessee and one in Newnan, Georgia. If the soldier's regiment was in Georgia at the time of his death, it might be worth checking this hospital.  The information about Dr. Foard was found in "Doctors in Gray: The Confederate Medical Service" by H. H. Cunningham.  

ewhite wrote at 2016-03-31 18:39:05
There was a Foard hospital in Forsyth, GA.  Surgeon in charge Dr J B Barnett

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As a student of the American Civil War since childhood, I am well versed in most aspects of the war and have two novels published on the subject. My background and research affords me extensive knowledge in tactics, battles, weaponry, women's issues, slavery as well as any number of other topics. I will be glad to offer any insights or information I have.


I am the author of two published novels dealing with the American Civil War. For too many years to admit, I have spoken at local organizations about the Civil War. I also often act as a nonprofessional guide on Eastern Theatre battlefields. Further, I am occasionally asked to teach Virginia’s SOL Standards as they relate to the Civil War at local middle and high schools. I have been reading, researching and collecting C.W. paraphernalia since I was a young man. My web site may be found at

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