Illinois Alive! | Civil War

The Illinois Soldiers' & Sailors' Home (Illinois Veteran's Home)

Contributing Library: Illinois Veterans Home


At the Illinois State Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic on February 18, 1885, the department commander told the assembled veterans of the Civil War, "I believe that the time has come for a soldiers' and sailors' home to be established and maintained by the State of Illinois, and I recommend that each of our posts, in its organized capacity, and each and every one of our 20,000 members use all honorable mans toward the attainment of this object."

It could very well have been these words that started the ball rolling toward a much needed disabled veterans' home. The number of disabled veterans had increased to the degree that the people of Illinois decided it was time these men be considered honored wards of the State of Illinois. Age, old wounds, disease, and nightmares were catching up, and hundreds of old vets were in dire need, not being able to cope with the business and professional world any longer.

The Beginnings of the Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home
Photographs of Buildings at the Home
Dedication in 1886
Superintendents and Buildings named for them
Charles E. Lippincott, the First Superintendent


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