Near Fairfield in Freestone County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Butler Soldiers’ Homes, C.S.A.
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
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. Touch 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 Work • War, US Civil •
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