St. Mary's Catholic Church, Fairfax Station, VA
Posted by: garmin_geek
N 38° 48.168 W 077° 19.601
18S E 297958 N 4297464
Quick Description: St. Mary's, built by Irish immigrants in 1858 was the field hospital where Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross nursed wounded Union soldiers during the Civil War.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/10/2010 9:49:57 AM
Waymark Code: WM97P2
"Dedecated Setptember 19, 1858
by Rt. Rev. John McGill
Bishop of Richmond
Catholic workers, who were employed in building the Farifax railroad pass, began work on the structure in 1856. They were assisted by members of the nearby Hamill family. Shortly after the dedication, Northern Virginia was ravaged by the Civil War, resulting in the church being requiationed as a shelter for the wounded. Here, under the direction of Clara Barton, the idea of the Red Cross was developed. The original pews were removed during the winter of 1861-2 and used as firewood, but were replaced by President Grant.
Name of church or churchyard: St. Mary's Catholic Church
Approximate Size: Medium (51-100)
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