Individual Stories

Rev. Edward Payson Roe (1838-1888) and Anna Sands Roe

Fortress Monroe, Virginia remained under Union control throughout the Civil War and housed two military hospitals, Hampton and Chesapeake. Rev. Edward Payson Roe (1838-1888) served as chaplain of Hampton Hospital alongside his wife, Anna Sands Roe. Together they gave spiritual counseling, provided supplies, read and talked to wounded soldiers, and even campaigned for the installation of a hospital library.

  • Hampton Hospital
  • Roe Hospital
  • Hampton Hospital during the Civil War. Image originally printed in Harper's New Monthly Magazine; reprinted in A.S. Billingsley, Christianity in the War. (Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger, 1872.)

  • Anna Sands Roe (seated on left) at Hampton Hospital, 1864. Image originally printed in Harper's New Monthly Magazine; reprinted in A.S. Billingsley, Christianity in the War. (Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger, 1872.)

  • Rev. Edward Payson Roe as chaplain, age 26. Mary A. Roe. E.P. Roe: Reminiscences of his Life. (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1899), frontispiece