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04-30-2008, 12:12 PM
A living history group to which I belong, the West Side Soldiers Aid Society,
is releasing a reprint of a 1941 memoir by Elizabeth Corbett, entitled Life at the Soldiers Home (expanded edition). From the WSSAS website:

Elizabeth lived with her family at the Northwestern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Milwaukee, from 1891 to 1915- a total of twenty five years. In an autobiographical sketch composed after she had moved to New York City to pursue her literary career, she wrote,"I suppose I am the only author in America who was brought up in a Soldiers Home. As the only author who knows the ground, I shall someday have to write that book."

Elizabeth published that book, Out at the Soldiers Home, in 1941. This expanded edition of her Soldiers Home classic includes photographs of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home, a foreword by historian James Marten and a selection of Miss Corbett's correspondence and short poems.

An excerpt from the Foreword:

The wider availability of this resource will be welcomed by scholars of the Civil War era. But many others will also find value in Out at the Soldiers Home. It is nostalgic, but never cloying, breezy but not glib, a reflection of an earlier time, but with modern sensibilities. It honors "Those who have borne the battle" with a loving but honest look at their lives long after the battle was over. -James Marten-

The book is 256 pages, paperback, with 52 photographs. Cost is $19.95 plus shipping.

It can be ordered directly from West Side Soldiers Aid Society. Our website, with ordering info, can be found at http://www.wssas.org/
You may also pm or email me, through this forum, especially if you have questions regarding the book or the organization.

05-03-2008, 09:51 AM
In the original post, I mistakenly wrote the title as Life at the Soldiers Home. The correct title is Out at the Soldiers Home.

05-14-2008, 07:08 PM
O...that does sound quite interesting, will have to be one to add to the Library.