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Soldiers' Home. Report of the Directors, 1867-
Report of the Directors of the Soldiers' Home of Louisiana to the General Assembly. New Orleans : J.O. Nixon, 1867. On January 28, 1867, seven men
who made up the Board of Directors sent their first report to the General Assembly. It was difficult to find a location, but the Board finally leased
a hotel in Mandeville. Repairs and other outfitting made the hotel ready for the soldiers in May 1866. There was a superintendent, a matron, a
cook, and support staff. The list of rules revolved around good behavior. Even with considerable advertising, it was difficult to get soldiers to
come--homes like this had a bad reputation. However, by August, there were forty residents. After a few expulsions, the residents settled down and things
went very well. Louisiana was the first state with a successful home. There was lots of public support, so there was a list of cash and in-kind
donations. The Board was strongly in favor of staying near New Orleans. There was fund-raising for a private institution, but these residents preferred
a state run home rather than a charity. There was a list of the soldiers and their medical conditions; many had intermittent fevers. There was a
small shoe factory at the home. The Treasurer submitted the financial data, which was considerable because of all the set-up purchases; an inventory of
those took three pages. He estimated it would cost about $250/year to maintain each soldier. He said the home should be a duty of the state, not a
charity. There was another table of soldiers that showed date of admission, name, military service, state of residence, medical condition, who sent
the soldier, date of leaving, and clothing furnished. Quite a few soldiers left to find work--they would have been relatively young men, after all.
Title:   Report of the directors of the Soldiers' Home of Louisiana to the General Assembly.
OCLC Number:   1355859866
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