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Francis P. Fleming served as Florida's governor from 1889-1893. After his term as governor, he served on the board of trustees of the new Florida Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home, records of which form the bulk of this series. The Florida Soldiers' Home Association was formed in 1888 with Albert J. Russell, the state superintendent of public instruction and a Confederate veteran, serving as the organization's president. Four years later, the organization purchased ten acres of the Whitney homestead near Jacksonville in which to care for aging Confederate veterans. The Florida Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home began operating in April 1893. In addition to President Russell, ex-Governor Fleming, William Baya, David E. Maxwell, and Walter R. Moore served as trustees.
Chapter 4250 of the Florida Laws of 1893, "An Act to Aid in the Maintenance and Support of a Home for Disabled and Indigent Ex- Confederate Soldiers and Sailors," authorized the state to pay to the Home $100.00 annually for each inmate (excluding those already receiving a Florida pension), not to exceed $2,500.00 per year. Subsequent legislation in 1909, 1915, and 1919 increased the state appropriation for the Home. It would operate for the next forty-five years, surviving on its state appropriation and donations from veterans' organizations and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Chapter 8505, Laws of 1921, dissolved the Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home Association and transferred its assets to the Board of Commissioners of State Institutions. The act authorized the governor to appoint a Board of Managers to administer the Home, consisting of the president of the Florida Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the State Commander of the United Confederate Veterans, the State Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Comptroller of the State of Florida, and an at-large position nominated by the four other board members. It further authorized the expenditure of up to $10,000.00 for repairs and improvements to the Home.
In the Home's final years the United Daughters of the Confederacy played an increasing role in its operation. In 1930, for example, U.D.C. President Macie Calhoun Medlin noted that the Home's managers, "assisted by devoted members of the U.D.C., have left nothing undone toward making the soldiers at our Home in Jacksonville as comfortable as possible. There are sixteen living there, now." Florida's Confederate Home remained in operation until 1938, when the last inmate died. The property was then sold, and the state commander of the United Confederate Veterans transferred funds to the state for the establishment of an endownment fund to be used for scholarships at the Florida State College For Women and the University of Florida.
This collection consists of papers compiled by Francis P. Fleming concerning his interest in and activities relating to Florida Confederate veterans. The bulk of the collection is comprised of administrative records relating to the operation of the Florida Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home (Florida Confederate Soldiers Home), of which Fleming served for a time as president of the Board of Directors. These records include applications for admission, correspondence, financial records, reports, and records relating to ownership and furnishing of the home. The collection also documents Fleming's involvement with other Confederate veterans' organizations and activities, including his service as Florida Division Commander of the United Confederate Veterans and on the State Board of Pensions; his activities relating to the United Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and Sons of Confederate Veterans; and his efforts in obtaining Florida pensions for Confederate veterans and their widows.
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Originals held by Jacksonville Public Libraries, Genealogy Department, 122 N. Ocean Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202-3374.
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Fleming, Francis P. 1841-1908 (Francis Philip),
Florida. Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home United Confederate Veterans. United Daughters of the Confederacy. Sons of Confederate Veterans (Organization) Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home.
Military pensions. Confederate pensions.
Financial records. aat Reports. aat
United States History --Veterans Civil War, 1861-1865 Florida
Florida. Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home