About the Robert E. Lee Camp Confederate Soldiers' Home Applications for Admission Database
On April 18, 1883 a group of concerned Confederate Veterans met in Richmond, Virginia, to form the Camp Lee Soldiers' Home (also called Confederate Soldiers' Home, Confederate Veterans Soldiers' Home, R. E. Lee Camp Soldiers' Home, Lee Camp Soldiers' Home, or Old Soldiers' Home) as a benevolent society to aid their needy former comrades. The Robert E. Lee Camp, No. 1, Confederate Veterans was incorporated March 13, 1884. In the year that followed, the camp raised funds and acquired land in Western Richmond for a home. The Home opened on January 1, 1885, and it was located in the corner of Grove Ave. and the Boulevard in Richmond, Virginia. Plagued by financial difficulties, they sought money from the state. In 1886, the General Assembly authorized a small annual appropriation which was increased in 1892 in return for the deed to the property. The home was under the Dept. of Public Welfare until it closed in 1941, upon the death of the last resident.
About the Collection
These papers are filed alphabetically under the veteran's name and contain membership applications, war records, and correspondence. The "Application for admission to the Soldiers' Home of R. E. Lee Camp, No. 1, Confederate Veterans at Richmond, Virginia," lists the Board of Visitors, and requests When enlisted, with rank, Where enlisted, Company and regiment, Date and place of discharge and Cause of discharge.
These volumes are registers of the residents of the Lee Camp Soldier's Home. They are all arranged alphabetically. Vol. 1 dates 13 January 1885 to 11 January 1896. The headings are Admitted, Name, Age, Where born, Company, Regiment, Cause of admission, By whom sent, Cause of discharge and Remarks. Vol. 2 dates 3 June 1885 to 27 January 1908 and Vol. v dates 15 September 1885 to 4 October 1939. The same names appear in both volumes. The headings are Name, Admitted, Age, Where from, Where born, Company, Regiment, Cause of admission, Admitted by, Cause of discharge, Remarks.
This volume is a "Roster, R. E. Lee Camp, No. 1, Confederate Veterans, January 1, 1888." In the front of the volume are lists of officers from 1883 to 1919. The last death date recorded is 1932. The roster lists the Name, Address, Date of membership to the camp and age, Recommended to the camp by, Enlistment in C.S.A., Place of birth, Rank, Regiment, Company, Date of death and Remarks.
The Applications for Admissions. 1884-1941 and the Registers of Residents. 1885-1941 is part of the State governments record collection, Robert E. Lee Camp Confederate Soldiers' Home (Record Group 52) and is described on p. 57 of A Guide to State Records in the Archives Branch of the Virginia State Library and Archives .
Search Tips for the Applications
Punctuation and capitalization are disregarded. Entries in this database are arranged in letter-by-letter alphabetical order. In addition to the regular searches, you may click on any highlighted element of a database record (such as a name) to initiate a search on that element. Each record in the database consists of:
- the name of the soldier
- notes relating to the soldier's rank, service unit, military certificate number, location of originals, and background information
- subject headings
- a link to the digitized images of the actual application
Personal names in the database are in the form of last name followed by first name. A Browse search on the Name index retrieves records in an alphabetical listing by name, beginning with the word or words used in the search. Use the scroll buttons to move up and down through the list of names.
Please note that given names may be abbreviated.
Example: A Browse search on the name "morris, robert" retrieves an alphabetical listing beginning with the names:
- Morris, Robert
- Morris, Thomas Anderson
- Morrisett, Robert C.
- Morrison, Thomas J.
A Basic (keyword) search, or an Advanced search, retrieves only the records that contain the exact word or words specified in the search argument.
There are notes indicating the company and regiment of the veteran as well as the date enlisted, date admitted, and the veteran's birthplace. There are also notes pertaining to the location of the original documents and background information on the collection. Most notes are keyword searchable.
Each record contains several subject headings. The following subjects are in every record, and should therefore not be searched:
Soldiers' homes -- Virginia -- Richmond -- Indexes.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans -- Indexes.
In addition, each record has the subject heading "Veterans" qualified by the county or city of the applicant. These place names can be used in a keyword search.
Click on the URL at the top of the record to view a screen containing links to the digitized images of each page of the application.
For more detailed help with searching, click on the "Help" link on the main search screen and scroll down to "Search Functions" and "Search Tips."