South Carolina Archives
Series Description
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Applications for Admission of Female
Relatives of Veterans
1925 - 1955


CALL NUMBER:        S 128005

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 Commission.