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As the Northern army disbanded, New York’s volunteer soldiers began returning home. For many, the war was initially an adventure. Illusions were shattered as the war dragged on, however, and soldiers faced unimaginable horrors. The experience left them forever changed. Thousands bore the scars of battle, while others carried wounds that left no marks. Under these circumstances, New York State was quick to recognize the need to care for its veterans.

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)
Robert M. Round, Civil War Veteran
"Triumph in New York" Procession
Bromley Hoke
Bromley Hoke Materials
The New York State Soldiers' and Sailors' Home
Soldiers' Home Wheelchair, c.1890