Details for Butler Soldiers' Homes, C.S.A.

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5161009863


Marker Number 9863
Atlas Number 5161009863
Marker Title Butler Soldiers' Homes, C.S.A.
Index Entry Butler Soldiers' Homes, C.S.A.
City Butler
County Freestone
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 222446
UTM Northing 3507419
Subject Codes Civil War; military topics
Marker Year 1965
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location on US 84 about 1.7 mi. east of intersection of US 84/FM 489 in roadside park
Private Property No
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Commissioners courts in Texas usually furnished to soldiers enlisting in the Civil War their uniforms, guns, blankets-- and sometimes even their horses. The county courts also aided dependents, war orphans and widows. Further, they recognized local people who had "soldiers' homes," and reimbursed them for meals given men en route to and from the army on furloughs and special missions. Freestone County had at least 11 soldiers' homes. Near this site, one of 2 in Butler was run by Hillary Manning, a plantation owner. A soldiers' home usually was set up as an act of neighborliness. The Rev. Thomas Castleton, who lived near Houston, organized many homes. Also he commended the people of Butler, Fairfield, Goliad and Hillsboro for setting up soldiers' homes of their own accord. At Christmas in 1864, Rev. Castleton received for the benefit of the soldiers donations of 4100 in gold, 3 beef animals and 2 milk cows, gifts of private citizens supporting the work. He also was given a 3-story brick hotel to be used as a soldiers' home. Other soldiers' homes were at Columbus, Crockett, Palestine and Richmond (Fort Bend County) like many other productive activities carried on voluntarily. These homes showed the concern of Texas for her men.

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