Illustrated Souvenir: Maryland Line Confederate Soldiers' Home, Pikesville, Maryland
Board of Governors and Managers of the Home, 1894. Hardcover. It may seem odd to think of Maryland as having once had a home for Confederate Soldiers; however, as the introduction of this souvenir book points out - the sentiments of Marylanders were divided during the war as much of the state was farm land with interests in tobacco farming, but many residents also felt a strong love for the Union. This home was located in the armory, which still stands on Reisterstown Rd. in Pikesville. The book includes a brief history of the armory, descriptions of each room, relics contained within (i.e. Confederate coats, photographs, a fork said to have been used by E.H. Browne in a gun boat at Chicamauga, etc.), photographic images of the grounds, buildings, managers of the home, and residents, lists of officers and rules (Rule 1: Uniforms must be worn on Sundays, holidays, etc. .... 4. Quarreling and other boisterous behavior is not permitted.), excerpts from muster rolls, list of members of the Society of the Army and Navy of Confederate Soldiers of Maryland (including addresses, deceased members, and male decendents), and many advertisements from local companies. A fascinating piece of history for Civil War and Maryland historians. It is unclear how long the home remained in operation or what kind of care the residents received. Bound in grey cloth boards with gilt title and decoration to front board. Rear board is present but nearly detached. Stain to front board, crack to front hinge, and minor toning to margins of pages. Overall, clean and bright interior. 133 pages. MD/122121. Very Good.