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Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Wisconsin Soldiers’ Home

1864-1867

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, September 2, 2014
1. Wisconsin Soldiers’ Home Marker
Inscription. In April 1864, women of the former West Side Soldiers’ Aid Society opened a temporary Civil War Soldiers’ Home at this location. By May 1867, the home’s Lady Managers had welcomed 21,550 Union soldiers, given medical care to over 1,000, and provided 150,167 free meals. Although the women had received a state charter for a permanent Wisconsin Soldiers’ Home and had raised over $100,000 at their Soldiers’ Home Fair, they were persuaded to donate their assets to the federal government for the Northwest Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Milwaukee. When the veterans living at this home were transferred to the grounds of what is now the Zablocki VA Medical Center, the women were comforted that they had in some small way advanced the well-being and happiness of Wisconsin’s battle-scarred heroes.
 
Erected 2014 by West Side Soldiers’ Aid Society Inc. and Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 553.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 2.362′ N, 87° 54.715′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is on North Plankinton Avenue 0.1 miles north of West Wisconsin Avenue, on
Wisconsin Soldiers’ Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 2, 2014
2. Wisconsin Soldiers’ Home Marker
back side of marker (same text)
the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 731 N. Plankinton Ave., Milwaukee WI 53203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Milwaukee (within shouting distance of this marker); Milwaukee's Bridge War (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Milwaukee's Miraculous Mallard (about 400 feet away); Nearly a Century of Planning (about 500 feet away); Architectural Gems on the Riverfront (about 500 feet away); Gertie (about 500 feet away); Oneida Street Station (about 500 feet away); National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers related to the soldiers' home.
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkWar, US Civil
 
Wisconsin Soldiers’ Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 2, 2014
3. Wisconsin Soldiers’ Home Marker
Wisconsin Soldiers’ Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 2, 2014
4. Wisconsin Soldiers’ Home Marker
Looking north along North Plankinton Avenue.
Wisconsin Soldiers’ Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 2, 2014
5. Wisconsin Soldiers’ Home Marker
Looking south along N. Plankinton Ave.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • William J. Toman was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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