Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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Fitch's Home for Soldiers and Orphans (1863-1940), also known as the Noroton Home, located in Darien, Connecticut, was first erected by Benjamin Fitch for soldiers and the children of soldiers and was dedicated July 4, 1864. It was incorporated by legislation in 1864 and until 1883 the Home received limited aid from the State of Connecticut. In 1887, the State assumed control and renamed the home Fitch's Home for Soldiers.
At the Fitch's Home, many of the State's Civil War Veterans were cared for, as well as Veterans of the Spanish American War and World War I. Due to its limited facilities and the increase of returning veterans, the Veterans Home and Hospital Commission sought to relocate the Home. The new Veterans Home and Hospital was opened in Rocky Hill on August 28, 1940.
Scope and Content
The Deceased Veterans Discharge Files, 1882-1936, consists of approximately 2300 veterans' files from the Fitch's Home for Soldiers. Although the veterans listed served primarily in the Civil War, a few Spanish American veterans are included. The files are arranged by file number. Each file contains the veteran's name, unit, residence, date of admission, and pension certificate number. Other information, if known, includes date of death, burial information, and pension payments to the Home. A majority of the files contain an admission permit and a signed receipt for personal effects. A limited number of files also include correspondence, personal history information, discharge papers, applications forms, and other records concerning the veteran.
The database contains the following information: veteran's name, any known aliases, branch of military service, regiment, and company, date of death, cemetery name, and location.
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