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Near Fairfield in Freestone County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Butler Soldiers’ Homes, C.S.A.

 
 
Butler Soldiers' Homes, C.S.A. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, October 10, 2010
1. Butler Soldiers' Homes, C.S.A. Marker
Inscription. Commissioners courts in Texas usually furnished to soldiers enlisting in the Civil War their uniforms, guns, blankets--and sometimes even their horses. The county courts also aided dependents, war orphans and widows. Further, they recognized local people who had 'soldiers' homes,' and reimbursed them for meals given men en route to and from the army on furloughs and special missions. Freestone County had at least 11 soldiers' homes. Near this site, one of 2 in Butler was run by Hillary Manning, a plantation owner.

A soldiers' home usually was set up as an act of neighborliness. The Rev. Thomas Castleton, who lived near Houston, organized many homes. Also he commended the people of Butler, Fairfield, Golaid and Hillsboro for setting up soldiers' homes of their own accord. At Christmas in 1864, Rev. Castleton received for the benefit of the soldiers donations of $100 in gold, 3 beef animals and 2 milch cows, gifts of private citizens supporting the work. He also was given a 3-story brick hotel to be used as a soldiers' home.

Other soldiers' homes were at Columbus, Crockett, Palestine and Richmond (Fort Bend County) like many other productive activities carried on voluntarily, these homes showed the concern of Texas for her men.
 
Erected 1965 by State historical survey committee
Butler Soldiers' Homes, C.S.A. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, October 10, 2010
2. Butler Soldiers' Homes, C.S.A. Marker
. (Marker Number 9863.)
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 31° 39.899′ N, 95° 55.625′ W. Marker was near Fairfield, Texas, in Freestone County. Marker was on State Highway 84 1.7 miles from Farm to Market Road 489, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. In a roadside park. just before FCR 301. Marker was at or near this postal address: roadside park, Fairfield TX 75840, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 11 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Lewis Corner (approx. 10.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 661 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on , by Debbie Lee Bohannan of San Antonio,, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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