The image quiz from our last post was generated from this image - page #3 of the Richmond Dispatch, May 31, 1896 that was found on Chronicling America.
The newspaper was highlighting some of the memorials to the Confederate Army because of the reunion of Confederate Soldiers that was taking place in Richmond that week.
Regarding the Soldier's Home - here are some great postcard views:
In the early 1880s an effort to help the plight of a growing number of destitute Confederate veterans was organized in Richmond. In March of 1884 the Robert E. Lee Camp, No. 1, Confederate Veterans was incorporated. In November of that year organizers purchased a 36-acre tract located at the corner of Grove Avenue and the Boulevard, the former property of the Anthony Robinson, Jr. family.
Some of the smaller structures - houses where the old soldiers lived
- can be seen here along Sheppard St. This postcard dates ca. 1910.
The interior grounds of the Lee Camp Confederate Soldiers’ Home included a number of frame buildings, many built in the Gothic revival style. A cafeteria, hospital, and recreation hall stood on the Boulevard side. At its peak the Soldiers’ Home averaged some 300 residents. In later years the cafeteria was open to area residents for dining.
This postcard has two hand stamp dates - one reads 1912 and the other 1913.
The back of this post card, ca. 1910, reads:
"Situated in a beautiful grove, in the western portion of the City, are the comfortable cottages (several of which are shown in this view) in which reside some 275 Confederate Veterans. Here these honored heroes of a hundred battles, 'by [?] subdued' are spending the evening of life calmly and fearlessly awaiting the inevitable summons to spread again their tents on the eternal campground."
- Ray B.