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 battle, accomplice squaddies' houses have been really '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 Twenties. those associations have been in most cases perceived as dignified retreats, the place veterans who had obvious higher days may locate peace, quiet, convenience, and happiness. yet as Rosenburg exhibits, the harsher fact usually integrated strict disciplinary strategies to keep up order and the remedy of indigent citizens as wards and inmates instead of venerated veterans. Many males chafed less than the rigidly paternalistic administrative regulate and resented being instructed via their 'betters' easy methods to behave. Rosenburg makes transparent the idealism and feel of social accountability that prompted 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 heritage.

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Baskettecondemning a state textbook, John J. " At another meeting of the organization, several prominent members proposed establishing a Tennessee soldiers' home. 17 Thus, many of the leading men of such New South cities as New Orleans, Richmond, and Nashville were the people who started Confederate soldiers' Page 12 homes, formed their governing boards, and became officers of the institutions. " For to take care of their less fortunate brethren who had fought in a glorious cause was not just a matter of regional pride for southerners; it was a matter of honor.

20 What happened to these veterans in the ensuing decades? Unfortunately, Page 21 family wealth cannot be traced beyond 1870 since subsequent manuscript censuses exclude individual economic data. Available tax lists, deed books, and other alternate sources would probably confirm what is already known; by all accounts, the years from 1870 to 1890 were characterized by increasing impoverishment and dependency. The financial conditions of most southern white farm families deteriorated steadily. These families increasingly failed to raise adequate foodstuffs for market, became heavily indebted, and lost their land.

Of Alexandria, Louisiana. For some time after the war, Moore had done remarkably well for himself and his family of five, despite having had his leg amputated at Gettysburg. But in 1878 Moore lost his clerking job. 14 Postwar life for other veterans residing in rural areas had been just as unrewarding. In contrast to the more recent misfortune experienced by some planters, theirs was merely one link in an unbroken chain of disappointment and deprivation. Although more than half of all Confederate soldiers had given their occupation as "farmer" upon enlistment, many had actually owned no real estate.

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