The W. D. Wade you cited as being in the Home is possibly William D. Wade, who was born in South Carolina ca 1845 (Census age), and who served in E/2 S. C. Artillery in 1862. He was discharged, but reeenlisted (or more probably was conscripted) in B/4 S. C. Cavalry in November 1853, and then was transferred with about half of his company to the Hampton Legion Mounted Infantry May 1864. Wade was assigned to Company C, and is shown as absent dismounted on the last existant roll as of Dec 1864. The last I had been able to locate him was on the 1870 Census, residing in Aiken Township, Barnwell (now Aiken) County, S. C.
I will have to verify the service of W. D. Wade from records of the Confederate HOme, but the proximity of Aiken to Richmond County, Ga leads me to strongly suspect this may be the man.
Thanks for posting the data which gives me a lead I had not discovered.
Fires were a not uncommon occurrence at the Soldiers' Homes, both North and South. It was probably partially a factor of the veterans smoking in bed. The Mississippi Home at Bouvoir burned to the ground about this same time, fatally burning a number of the occupants. The story of that fire was discussed on the Mississippi Board a year or so ago.