This Day in Milwaukee County History

TDIMCH: June 28, 1865

Soldiers Home 01This Day in Milwaukee County History: The ladies of Milwaukee’s West Side Soldiers Aid Society organize a 10-day fair, starting on June 28th, 1865, to raise money for a permanent Wisconsin Soldiers Home. They raised more than $100,000 and were persuaded to turn their assets over to the federal government. The women stipulated that the Milwaukee property would not have exclusions and, specifically, would admit federal veterans from all conflicts to a home that would be used solely for the care of soldiers. The establishment of a system of National Soldiers Homes, including Milwaukee, was one of the last pieces of legislation signed by President Lincoln before his assassination. 

Soldiers Home Fair 1865

The Soldiers Home Fair of 1865

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