Living monuments: Confederate soldiers' homes in the New by R. B. Rosenburg

By R. B. Rosenburg

Whereas battlefield parks and memorials erected on the town squares and cemeteries have served to commemorate southern valor within the Civil warfare, accomplice squaddies' houses have been truly 'living monuments' to the misplaced reason, housing the very males who made that reason their very own. R. B. Rosenburg presents the 1st account of the institution and operation of those houses for disabled and indigent southern veterans, which had their heyday among the Eighties and the Nineteen Twenties. those associations have been in general perceived as dignified retreats, the place veterans who had obvious higher days may well locate peace, quiet, convenience, and happiness. yet as Rosenburg indicates, the harsher truth usually incorporated strict disciplinary strategies to keep up order and the therapy of indigent citizens as wards and inmates instead of venerated veterans. Many males chafed lower than the rigidly paternalistic administrative regulate and resented being informed via their 'betters' the best way to behave. Rosenburg makes transparent the idealism and feel of social accountability that encouraged the houses' founders and directors, whereas additionally displaying that from the outset the houses have been enmeshed in political self-interest and the exploitation of the accomplice historical past.

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His body was wracked by rheumatism, and at age seventy-two he was a widower with no children. Nance and Denton, both in their seventies and bachelors, were admitted in 1905 and 1909, respectively. Reportedly, family problems more than anything else led to Wade's application to the home in May 1911. According to one sympathetic observer, the veteran had "very foolishly" married a woman some forty years his junior, who was "indolent & self indulgent" and constantly upbraided him. 23 For the majority of Tennessee veterans sampled, the years from 1860 to 1870 played a pivotal role in fostering the preconditions for home admission.

Lee Camp No. 1 in Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1883, the group was primarily dedicated to "minister[ing] . . to the wants of" disabled comrades languishing in poorhouses throughout the South. Its roughly forty charter members, consisting largely of skilled craftsmen and clerical workers, elected Captain Charles U. Williams, an attorney, as their first commander and chose other former Confederate officersin civilian life a publisher, a druggist, and a dentistas their executive committee. Subsequently, Richmond's mayor, William C.

Maney, whose father's prewar Williamson County estate was valued in excess of $85,000, was admitted in 1909, some twenty years after Bonner. Men who gained admittance to the home after 1901 had been, on the average, about three times more affluent than the men who preceded them in entering the home (see the Appendix, Table 12). 24 The war years were crucial in other respects too. Early admittance may also have depended on whether and how badly a soldier had been wounded. The wiry constitutions of some veterans allowed them to remain active and selfsupporting for many years despite their physical infirmities.

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