National Processing Center
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National Processing Center

Prior to becoming the U.S. Census Bureau's National Processing Center, the Jeffersonville, IN, complex served as a quartermaster depot during the Civil War. In the early days of that conflict, a shirt factory was established in one of the buildings of the Jefferson General Hospital, the original occupant of the site. This factory made shirts and trousers for U.S. Army use. The garments were cut out by hand at the hospital and issued in bundles of four or eight to the widows, mothers, and sisters of Union soldiers to assemble and return to the hospital a few days later for inspection. Later in the war, the Jeffersonville depot expanded to supply Union troops with clothing, harnesses, saddlery, hardtack, vehicles, and various kinds of hardware.