The city of Richmond, capital of the Confederacy and primary target of Union campaigns,
was also the central destination for thousands of Confederate soldiers wounded on
the battlefields of Virginia during the Civil War.
Realizing that a long war and thousands more casualties lay ahead, Southern leaders ordered the construction of five general hospitals in Richmond.
The largest of these was Chimborazo. Today the Chimborazo Medical Museum houses a collection of equipment used by the doctors and nurses who tended to the soldiers of the Confederacy.
Located at 3215 E. Broad Street, the museum stands on the eastern end of downtown Richmond, at the site of the Civil War's famous Chimborazo Hospital. Between 1861 and 1865 more than 75,000 Confederate soldiers received treatment at this sprawling facility.
The medical museum tells the story of those patients and the hospital and physicians that cared for them. Using artifacts, uniforms and documents, the exhibits describe the state of medicine in 1860.
In highlights the care of wounded and sick soldiers on the battlefields, and in the many large centralized Richmond hospitals like Chimborazo.
Chimborazo Medical Museum is open to the public, free of charge from 9 - 5 daily. For more information, call 804-226-1981.