Belgian Civil War soldiers
|Medals of honor||Staff and special Units||Regulars||Navy||old soldier's home||DRaft|
Eastern Branch, in Togus Maine (1866)
• Northwestern Branch, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1867)
• Central Branch, in Dayton, Ohio (1867)
• Southern Branch, in Hampton, Virginia (1870)
• Western Branch, in Leavenworth, Kansas (1885)
• Pacific Branch, in Santa Monica (LA), California (1888)
Marion Branch, in Marion, Indiana (1888)
• Danville Branch, in Danville, Illinois (1898)
• Mountain Branch, in Johnson City, Tennessee (1901)
• Battle Mountain Sanatorium, in Hot Springs, South Dakota (1902)
• Bath Branch (formerly the New York State Soldier & Sailor Home),in Bath, New York (1929)
• Roseburg Branch, Roseburg, Oregon
the old soldier's homes: Eastern
Branch, in Togus (Chelsea) Maine
was the first of the National Homes to open in November 1866.
The Togus property was originally a summer resort known as Togus Springs. It was owned and operated by Horace Beals, a wealthy granite merchant from Rockland, Maine who hoped to establish a second type resort. He spent more than $250,000 on a hotel, stables, bowling alley, farmhouse, bathing house, race track and driveways. The resort opened in 1859 but failed during the Civil War and closed in 1863. Beals died shortly after this business failure and the government bought the land and buildings for $50,000.
The first veteran was admitted to Togus on November 10, 1866. The veteran population of the home remained under 400 until a building program began in 1868 which provided housing 3,000 veterans. The home was organized much like a military camp with the men living in barracks and wearing modified Army uniforms. Although a 100 bed hospital was completed in 1870, medical care at the home was limited, even by the standards of the day. In 1890, a narrow gauge railroad from the Kennebec River in Randolph and an electric trolley line from Augusta were completed and Togus became a popular excursion spot for Sunday picnics. There were frequent band concerts, a zoo, a hotel and a theater which brought shows directly from Broadway. The National Cemetery is the final resting place for 5,373 veterans from the War of 1812 through the Korean War. It was first opened in 1867 and was closed to new burials in 1961. (from various sources)
Belgians soldiers in the soldier's Home, from the censuses:
Belgians soldiers in the Soldier's Home, from the Soldiers' Home Registers:
in Blue with date of first admission and date of last discharge.