CREATOR: South Carolina. Confederate Home Commission.
TITLE: Applications for admission of female relatives of veterans
DATE: 1925 - 1955
VOLUME: 0.99 cubic ft. (3a) and 2 microfilm reels (35mm)
ARRANGEMENT: Series arranged roughly alphabetically by name of applicant.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE: The South Carolina Confederate Home,
established by S.C. Statute 1908 (25)1074, opened on Confederate Memorial Day,
May 10, 1909. The home was located near the State Hospital for the Insane
on Bellevue Place, a property formerly owned by Col. William Wallace and now the
corner of Confederate Avenue and Bull Street in Columbia. Initially its
governing commission consisted of five members, three of whom had to be
ex-Confederate soldiers or sailors, appointed by the governor. Two
veterans from each county recommended by the County Pension Board were to be
admitted. If such recommendations failed to be made, then the commission
could fill the vacancy from the same or another county.
With time both the make up of the governing commission and
the home's occupants changed. In 1921 S.C. Statute 1921(32)119 added four
members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to the commission. In
1925 indigent widows and wives were made eligible for admission whenever there
were few enough veterans in the home to allow one widow or wife from each county
(S.C. statute 1925(34)115). "Sisters of the full blood" were added in 1929,
daughters in 1935, and nieces in 1943. The last veteran in the home died
in 1944. Twenty-nine elderly women were transferred to the custody of the
State Department of Public Welfare when the home closed in 1957. B. B. Rosenburg, Living Monuments: Confederate Soldiers' Homes in the New South
(Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press, 1993) provides
additional information about the home.
SUMMARY SCOPE NOTE: This series consists of the applications of female
relatives of veterans to the South Carolina Confederate Home. Information
usually includes the name of the applicant, her date of birth, the dates of
application and of admission, and the relationship to a Confederate soldier
with information about that soldier's service. Living relatives of the
applicant and their addresses are also listed. Letters of support are
frequently present. Some rejected applications are also included in the
series. Many applications have notations as to discharge or death.
Applications for the last names beginning with the letter K and the beginning
of the letter L were filmed twice, once on each of the film rolls.
INDEX/FINDING AID: This series is indexed in the repository's
On-line Records Index. The names of applicants and the
soldiers to which they were related, the regiments in which the soldiers served,
and the county of the applicant's residence are included in the index. In addition the names
of other relatives mentioned in the application are also indexed.
ADDITIONAL FORM: Entire series also available on film produced by the
Genealogical Society of Utah. By agreement with the society, the
repository also has reproduction duplicates of this film and the right to sell
additional research copies.
HIERARCHICAL NOTE: Forms part of the records of the Confederate Home