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Dr. Haywood, a native of Raleigh, was a physician, Confederate surgeon, and medical administrator. An outstanding professionals in the medical field during the 19th century, Haywood established the state's first military hospital during the Civil War in May 1861.
During the American Civil War, numerous hospital centers developed in various parts of the Confederacy with one located in Raleigh. As a centrally located, populous city, Raleigh was selected as headquarters of the first Surgeon General of the State, Dr. Charles E. Johnston. Later, Raleigh was the site of the state's first military hospital, with Dr. Edmund Burke Haywood in charge.
At the beginning of the Civil War, Raleigh had a population of around 4,800 people. The city would become a center for the treatment of the sick and wounded, and the state's first military hospital was established there almost immediately after the outbreak of hostilities. Alexander provides a brief history of the hospitals with a focus on the famous Raleigh physician, Dr. E. Burke Haywood.