National Soldier's Home. Eastern Branch, near Augusta, Me. 1872.
John B. Bachelder
Endicott & Co. (New York, N.Y.)
40 x 67 cm
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Description of City/Town
A National Home for disabled volunteer soldiers is located at Togus, near Augusta. The number of soldiers and sailors aided by the institution during 1878 was 1,351...disabled during the war of rebellion, 1,340; Mexican war, 2; war of 1812; 9; one colored man….568 were native-born, and 783 foreign-born….The boot and shoe manufactory has been carried on, employing 55 of the men, with a total product of $12,819.20 and net profit of $4,255.21….There are 4,326 volumes in the library, 22 daily newspapers, 115 weeklies, and other periodicals and publications. Protestant and Catholic religious services are held weekly, and temperance organizations sustained. The total amount paid for expenses of the Home during the year was $103,647.12; average cost of keeping each man—with clothing, $134.25; without, $119.37. Many of the men have brought their families there, and live in cottages near the Home, receiving their ration in kind and carrying it home.
Appleton’s Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1879, D. Appleton and Company, 1885.
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