As aging volunteer soldiers and sailors of the Civil War became what we would refer to as senior citizens, some of them, because of poverty and/or health problems, were in dire need of government assistance. Some received disability pensions from the federal government, while others were obliged to seek admission into veterans’ homes run by the states or the federal government.
It is possible to locate such men (and in some cases, their widows) in the 1890 Veterans Census in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE). Try the following search:
SEARCH—KEYWORD: soldiers home (Exact) 8,989 hits
Search results include men living in the following facilities (to name just a few):
National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Elizabeth City, Virginia
National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Togus, Maine
State Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Hudson, New Jersey
State Soldiers and Sailors Home, Hall, Nebraska
State Soldiers and Sailors Home, Erie, Pennsylvania
State Soldiers Home, Chelsea, Massachusetts
State Soldiers Home, Kent, Michigan
How can researchers access the federal population census? You may use Heritage Quest Online from home with a valid SLPL library card and PIN, or at Central Library or any of our branches.
You may use Ancestry Library Edition at Central Library or any of our branches.