Civil War Hospitals Commemorated in Macon

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During the Civil War, Macon played a crucial role in caring for the wounded.

Macon's sesquicentennial committee is commemorating the 250th anniversary of the war between the states.

After Atlanta fell, Macon shouldered a large load as wounded soldiers were brought to the city.

"Macon was second to Richmond, in the number of wounded," said Conie Mac Darnell, an author and Macon historian.

Unconventional locations were transformed into hospitals to accommodate the wounded.

"Even the local saloon was turned into a hospital," said Bill Elliott, chairman of the Macon Sesquicentennial Committee. "Hotels were turned into hospitals. There were tent cities to house the soldiers." 

This month, the committee is dedicating a marker at 843 Poplar Street to educate people about Macon's role in the Confederacy. 

The Sesquicentennial Committee will dedicate four more markers in Macon, and Rose Hill Cemetery will be commemorated in a ceremony next month.

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