— “All About the Soldiers’ Home,” Washington Star, March 26, 1883.

Established just after the Civil War, the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home is a 90-plus acre district that rests on the grounds of the Clement J. Zablocki Medical Center. The Soldiers Home’s recuperative village and landscape were designed to be a place of refuge for Civil War soldiers to aid their recuperation and help ease their transition back to civilian life. One of only 43 National Historic Landmarks in Wisconsin, it contains some of the oldest and most historic buildings in the VA system.

"Soldier's Home", from Ernest Hemingway: The Short Stories.

In “Soldiers Home” the war has affected Krebs personality and his emotions....

" 'Soldier's Home:' Another Story of a Broken Heart." (1996).

All the
other former soldiers have found a niche for themselves in the
community, but Harold needs a while longer to get his bearings; he
plays pool, "practiced on his clarinet, strolled down town, read, and
went to bed" (Hemingway, 146).

" 'Soldier's Home' Revisited: A Hemingway Mea Culpa." (1993).

The Home was eventually the product of the combined efforts of three men to provide an honorable and secure retirement for American war veterans. These men were Brevet Major General Robert Anderson, Fort Sumter’s commanding officer at the outbreak of the Civil War; Senator Jefferson Davis, who repeatedly introduced legislation to found the Home; and General Winfield Scott, who contributed significant funds. In 1848, in lieu of ransacking Mexico City, Gen. Scott received $150,000. Scott earmarked $100,000 of this tribute money for the establishment of the Home.

This is what almost all soldiers feel when they come home from the war.

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Just three days after his inauguration in 1861, President Lincoln took an early morning horseback ride to visit the Soldiers’ Home. Both President Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton had summer cottages in the Northeast section of the city to get away from the heat and humidity near the Potomac River. Mary, in particular, loved the home where the family had more private space than at the White House which was open to virtually anyone who came visit. Here, Stanton and Mr. Lincoln could relax with their children and be entreated to join juvenile games like “mumble-the-peg.”

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The Soldiers’ Home has remained in continual service since 1851, offering veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces an opportunity to enjoy an active retirement in tranquil surroundings.

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Later in the War, President Lincoln was generally followed by an armed military guard, but on one occasion in 1864, Mr. Lincoln’s hat was pierced by a bullet as the unaccompanied President neared the Soldiers’ Home. Mr. Lincoln told to Ward Hill Lamon the story of an attempted assassination that took place near the Soldier’s Home:

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President James Buchanan had previously stayed at the Soldiers’ Home, but the pressure of military affairs kept President Lincoln at the White House during the first summer of his Administration. When he did begin commuting from his office at the White to the Soldiers’ Home, the President rode back and forth on horseback. According to Noah Brooks, “While the President’s family were at their summer-house, near Washington, he rode into town of a morning, or out at night, attended by a mounted escort; but if he returned to town for a while after dark, he rode in unguarded, and often alone, in his open carriage. On more than one occasion the writer has gone through the streets of Washington at a late hour of the night with the President, without escort, or even the company of a servant, walking all of the way, going and returning.18

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Mr. Lincoln’s assistants also enjoyed the summer respite. John G. Nicolay wrote his fiancee on June 15, 1862: “Mrs. Lincoln moved out to the ‘Soldiers Home,’ about a mile and a half from the city this past week, so that John and I are left almost alone in the house here. The President comes in every day at ten and goes out again at four. I am very glad of the change for several reasons, particularly that it gives us more time to ourselves, the crowd only coming when they know the President to be about.”3