Prisoners moved to Roper’s Hospital (Charleston)

On Monday, August 15th Foote says they were “moved out this evening into Roper Hospital. A fine large building. Plenty of room.”  Conditions at Roper’s Hospital were a vast improvement over conditions at the city jail. Even though this would be Foote’s fifth Confederate prison home in barely four months, the new confinement was a welcomed relief for Foote and his comrades.  Foote would ‘enjoy’ the nicer experience of Roper’s Hospital from August 15th til October 5th.

Roper’s Hospital was an elegant building and survived the war in good shape. It was a very modern structure and facility for its day, sparring a library, a large amphitheater for clinical lectures, and even living quarters for physicians. It was eventually destroyed by the 1886 Charleston earthquake.

The Confederates used Roper’s Hospital just during 1864 as a prison. There were some 200+ men confined there at its peak according to the best records available. The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference says there were no escapes at Roper’s and no deaths; however, Foote records a death on Sept 29th, “One of our officers (Lt. Stahl) died this morning” of bilious fever.

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