Confederate Veteran at a Soldiers' Home
Original Author: Unknown
Created: May 1938
Medium: Photographic print
Publisher: Museum of the Confederacy

Confederate Veteran at a Soldiers’ Home

John Herbert Shaw, a 103-year-old Confederate veteran who had served under J. E. B. Stuart, kicks up his heels and dances at a May 1938 event at R. E. Lee Camp Soldiers' Home in Richmond. The soldiers' home had been established by an organization of Confederate veterans in 1885 to serve financially needy, often disabled, veterans of the war. At the height of the home's popularity, from 1890 to 1910, roughly 300 veterans resided there. The last resident died in 1941.