US Military Old Soldiers Home Records

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History of Old Soldiers Homes

In 1811 Congress approved a national home for disabled Navy veterans, but construction did not start until 1827. The Naval Home in the Philadelphia Naval Yard was first occupied in 1834. Homes for the Army were also proposed in 1827, but not approved until 1851 after the Mexican War, and again in 1865 after the Civil War.[1] Veterans were eligible for admittance if they were honorably discharged; had served in the regular, volunteer, or militia forces mustered into federal service; were disabled and without support; and were unable to earn a living. By the late 1920s the system had expanded to include 15 federal veterans homes. Most national homes were officially known as a branch National Military Home, and informally called an Old Soldiers Home. In 1930 the national homes were combined with other agencies to form the Veterans Administration, now the Department of Veteran Affairs. In many cases veterans homes were converted to veterans hospitals after World War II.

In addition, 38 states established at least 43 similar state-run homes between 1865 and 1941 for military veterans, or their widows, or orphans.

For more detailed histories, especially of National Military Homes, see:

Record Content

Soldier home registers are typically divided into three main sections: (1) military, (2) domestic, and (3) home, along with some general remarks. The military section includes information such as enlistment, rank, company, regiment, and discharge. The domestic section includes the veteran’s birthplace, age, height, religion, occupation, residence, marital status, and name and address of nearest relative. The home section includes the veteran’s rate of pension, date of admission to the home, discharge, death date, and burial place.

Some reports published by the Board of Managers for the National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers contain alphabetical rosters of soldiers. The rosters provide name, rank, company, organization, length of service, war, pension rate, birthplace, admission date, age when admitted, and status (including death date).

Finding the Records

The following table lists the location of known old soldier homes and Internet information about them. For additional records ask at nearby museums, if any. Some old soldier home records may have ended up at their respective state archives.

Locating Old Soldiers Home Records
State, Locale
Records at FHL
AL Mountain Creek Alabama Confederate Soldiers Home = Jefferson Manly Falkner Sold. Hm. 1902-1939[2] cemetery, pensions history, database [3]
AL Tuskegee Tuskegee Home 1933- [4] Not at FHL mention  
AR Sweet Home by Little Rock Arkansas Confederate Home 1890-1963[5] inmates, list registers, pensions, history  
CA Sawtelle by Santa Monica Pacific Branch Nat'l Military Home 1888-1927[6] register, graves nat'l cemetery, case files  
CA Yountville, Napa Veterans Home 1884-now[7] burials, burials, mortuary website, history, cemetery  
CO Homelake (Monte Vista) CO State Soldiers & Sailors Home 1890-now[8] Not at FHL museum, preservation  
CT Darien, after 1940 Rocky Hill  Fitch's Home for Soldiers and Their Orphans  1864-1940[9] cemetery historydatabase, cemetery   
FL St. Petersburg St. Petersburg Home (Bay Pines) 1930-now[10]  Not at FHL cemetery  
GA Atlanta Confederate Soldiers Home 1901-1941[11]  Not at FHL   image  
ID Boise Idaho State Soldiers Home 1895-1966[12] cemetery, cemetery  website,cemetery, history, database   
IL Danville Danville Branch Nat'l Military Home   1898–1934 FHL film 1548682 (23 reels)    
IL Quincy Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Home 1887 Not at FHL Index 1887-1916  
IL Wilmington Soldiers Widows Home   Not at FHL    
IN Lafayette Indiana State Soldiers’ Home   Not at FHL    
IN Marion Marion Branch Nat'l Military Home   1890–1931 FHL film 1571582 (14 reels)    
IA Marshalltown Iowa Veterans’ Home 1887 Not at FHL    
KS Dodge City Kansas State Soldiers’ Home   Not at FHL    
KS Leavenworth Western Branch Nat'l Military Home 1885

Residents, officers and civilians 1915–1916 FHL book 978.138/L1 M2gd;

Death Register 1886–1903 FHL book 978.138/L1 J4g

KY Pewee Valley KY Confederate Home 1902-1934[13] 1902 list images  
LA New Orleans Soldiers’ Home of Louisiana   Not at FHL    
ME Togus Eastern Branch Nat'l Military Home   1866–1934 FHL film 1549002 (18 reels)    
MD Pikesville (Sudbrook) MD Line Confederate Soldiers’ Home   Not at FHL    
MA Chelsea Soldiers’ Home   Not at FHL    
MI Grand Rapids Michigan Soldiers’ Home   Not at FHL    
MN Beauvoir Minnesota Soldiers’ Home 1888 Not at FHL    
MS Biloxi Biloxi Home 1930[4]      
MS Gulfport United States Naval Home 1976- [1] Not at FHL    
MO Higginsville Missouri Confederate Home   Not at FHL    
MO St. James State Federal Soldiers' Home [14] Not at FHL    
MT Columbia Falls Montana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home   Not at FHL    
NE Burkett (Grand Island) Nebraska Soldiers & Sailors Home   Not at FHL    
NE Milford Soldiers' and Sailors' Home  [14] Not at FHL    
NH Tilton Soldiers’ Home   Not at FHL    
NJ Kearny Soldiers’ Home   Not at FHL    
NJ Vineland NJ Memorial Home for Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and their Wives   Not at FHL    
NY Bath Bath Branch Nat'l Military Home   1878–1934 FHL film 1536167 (15 reels)    
NY Oxford State Woman’s Relief Corps Home 1897 Not at FHL    
ND Lisbon Soldiers’ Home   Not at FHL    
OH Dayton Central Branch Nat'l Military Home  

1867–1934 FHL film 1547608 (55 reels); 1861–1936 FHL film 1535704 (15 reels); 1867–1880 FHL film 1015008 Item 1; 1878–1906 FHL film 1845764 (2 reels)

OH Sandusky Ohio Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home   Not at FHL    
OK Oklahoma City Oklahoma Union Soldiers’ Home   Not at FHL    
OR Roseburg Roseburg Branch Nat'l Military Home  

1894–1933 FHL film 1578117


PA Erie

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home


Not at FHL

PA Philadelphia United States Naval Home 1834-1976[1] Not at FHL    
SC, Columbia Confed. Home for Soldiers & Sailors   Registers 1909–1958 Cemetery  
SD Hot Springs Battle Mountain Sanitarium Nat'l Hm   1907–1934 FHL film 1547492 (10 reels)    

SD Hot Springs

South Dakota State Home


1890–1977 FHL film 1547492 (10 reels); Case book FHL film 1689845 Item 2

TN Johnson City Mountain Branch Nat'l Military Home   1903–1932 FHL film 1571745 (22 reels)    
TN Nashville Confederate Soldiers’ Home 1890   Index to applications  
TX Austin Texas Confederate Home   Not at FHL    
VT Bennington Soldiers' Home   Not at FHL    
VA Hampton Southern Branch Nat'l Military Home   1871–1933 FHL film 1578118 (24 reels)    
VA Richmond Virginia Confederate Soldiers' Home   Not at FHL    
WA Olympia Soldiers Home and Colony 1890 Not at FHL Database  
WA Orting Washington State Soldiers' Home, & Wash. State Soldiers' Colony 1891 case files Index  
WA Retsil by Port Orchard Washington Veterans' Home 1910 case files  
WI King (Waupaca Co) Grand Army Home 1887 Not at FHL    
WI Milwaukee Northwestern Branch Nat'l Mil. Home   1867–1934 FHL film 1561060 (31 reels); History and necrology    
WY Buffalo (Clearmont)  WY State Home for Soldier & Sailors   Not at FHL    

The Family History Library has microfilms of the following:

  • Registers of Veterans at National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866–1937. (On 282 FHL films starting with 1546167.) The registers are indexed individually by the name of the veteran for each home. Upon admission each veteran was given a number. The registers are arranged numerically by these numbers. To find specific microfilm numbers, look in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

State Homes

Many states also maintained soldier homes as well. The Family History Library also has records for some state homes, including:

External References

Sources and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wikipedia contributors, "Philadelphia Naval Asylum," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed 23 November 2009), and Wikipedia contributors, "National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 23 November 2009).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Alabama Confederate Soldiers Home," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed 23 November 2009).
  3. R.B. Rosenburg, Living Monuments: Confederate Soldier's Homes in the New South (Chapel Hill: Univ. or North Carolina Press, 1995), 215 says the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History, Montgomery has cemtery rosters, insurance papers, and superintendent reports.
  4. 4.0 4.1 National Archives, "National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers" at (accessed 24 November 2009), Family History 101, "Veterans' Homes" in Research in Military Records [Internet site] at (accessed 24 November 2009).
  5. Arkansas History Commission, "Arkansas Confederate Home Records" in Catalog of Arkansas Resources and Archival Treasures at (accessed 24 November 2009).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Sawtelle Veterans Home," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed November 23, 2009).
  7. California Dept. of Veterans Affairs, "The Veterans Home of California, Yountville" in California Dept. of Veterans Affairs [Internet site] at (accessed 24 November 2009).
  8. Colorado Dept. of Humans Services, "Colorado State and Veterans Nursing Homes" at (accessed 25 November 2009).
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "History of Darien, Connecticut," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia at,_Connecticut (accessed 24 November 2009).
  10. National Archives, "The National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers-Branches of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers," in Prologue Magazine Spring 2004, Vol. 36, No. 1 at (accessed 25 November 2009).
  11. St. Louis Public Library, "State Archives Confederate Civil War Military Records Not in the Holdings of the National Archives" at (accessed 25 November 2009). Listed under Georgia.
  12. Boise Idaho Veterans Home at (accessed 2 December 2009).
  13. Ruth Wright, "The Kentucky Confederate Home" in Sons of Confederate Veterans, John Hunt Morgan Camp 1342, Confederate Crossroads Online at (accessed 23 November 2009).
  14. 14.0 14.1 National Archives, "The National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers-State Run Homes (in 1922)," in Prologue Magazine Spring 2004, Vol. 36, No. 1 at (accessed 25 November 2009).