James E. Copeland received his M.D.
degree from Washington University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (now
defunct) in 1876.
Additional information on Washington Medical College
He joined the Confederacy late in the
war as a private, in the 35th Virginia Cavalry Battalion and was
paroled in Winchester, VA, on May 8, 1865 after his surrender.
Physician James Edward Copeland, came to Round Hill in 1887 after a seven-year practice in Rectortown
in Fauquier County. He wrote a history of the Confederate 35th
Cavalry Battalion, Company C., White's Brigade.
When he died in 1937, he was the last
surviving Confederate soldier in Loudoun county, Virginia.
Dr. James E. Copeland Home
The small stone and frame building with bars still at the window served
as a bank, store, and jail, and upstairs practiced outspoken Dr. James
E. Copeland, physician from the early 1870s until 1925, and in Round
Hill since 1890, historian of the Hillsboro area, and critic of the
public schools. He began his career by teaching at the first Hillsboro
public school in 1870, and within a few years correctly predicted that
the school budget would be the county's number-one expense.
Dr. Copeland was ahead of his time. He was one of the first Loudoun
physicians to advocate quarantining when the sickness was not known - and
in those days incorrect diagnoses were rampant. His son Ed was also a doctor,
and died in the 1918 flu epidemic. His father went to the grave thinking
that if they had allowed him to use a mustard plaster his son would have
lived. A doctor was not supposed to attend a member of his immediate
There was a fine piece about old Dr. Copeland in Virginia Cavalcade a
few years back, and I wouldn't be surprised if his account books are
still in the family.
"Hand Book of Surgical Operations"
text book owned by Dr. Copeland and signed by him.
Author: Stephen Smith, M.D.
Published: Bailliere Bros., N. Y. (1863) Hard bound, 6 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 7/8 in., 261 pages
Signed: Dr. James
Round Hill, Loudoun Co, Virginia
Dr. James Copeland's Home,
Hillcrest, & Office
Round Hill, Virginia
Dr. Copeland's Office