Dr. Walter Reed, U.S. Army medical officer and bacteriologist, was born on 13 Sept. 1851 in a nearby cottage at Belroi. He received medical degrees from the University of Virginia medical school and Bellevue Hospital College in New York City. In 1875 he joined the U.S. Army Medical Department. By 1890 Reed was spending most of his time conducting medical research. During the Spanish-American War, Reed served on the Typhoid Board that studied this disease. He was appointed in 1900 to head the Yellow Fever Commission that proved the disease was transmitted by mosquitoes. This discovery led to its virtual eradication. Reed died on 23 Nov. 1902.
Geographic Location: Gloucester County
Physical Description of Location: Hayes, VA 23072. Located on George Washington Memorial Hwy (Hwy 17), 0.2 miles south of the junction of George Washington Memorial Hwy (Hwy 17) and State Route 614. Marker is on the left when traveling south on George Washington Memorial Hwy (Hwy 17).
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