Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Going to a Yankee Museum?

The last time we were in Springfield was for the annual Sons of Confederate Veterans Illinois Division meeting. This is the one where we caught the ire of a National Park Service employee when we adjourned for a group picture in from of Mr. Lincoln's home, complete with Confederate flags and a rousing rendition of "Dixie."

Today, I hope to get over to a "Yankee" museum, The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, a little south of the Licoln home, and tour it if it is open.

It is small, but located in a free-standing building.

The blurb about it in the Springfield tourism magazine reads:

"Paying tribute to the Civil War veterans in the Grand Army, this museum is full of many historically significant military items. Included within the extensive collection donated by veterans and relatives are original tintypes (photos) by Civil War photgrapher Matthew Brady."

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was an organization of Union veterans formed after the war. Union officers belonged to the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS).

Maybe I Won't Tell 'Em I'm a Good Old Rebel. --Old B-Runner

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