Civil War Trails sign on the site of the largest field hospital of the war, which included the earthen remains of the state of the art tent heating system.
Established in the aftermath of the Third Battle of Winchester, Union General Philip Sheridan ordered his surgeon, John H. Benton to lay out a 4,000 bed facility. This being necessary to treat the wounded Union soldiers from the bloodiest battle in the Shenandoah Valley. The hospital would again be packed following the Battle of Cedar Creek.
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