Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Civil War Veterans Formed Groups After War-- Part 1

From the Dec. 25, 2011, Newark (Oh) Advocate "Civil War veterans formed groups, attended reunions" by Dan Fleming.

The largest Civil War veterans organization in the north was the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) founded in Decatur, Illinois, in 1866.  It reached its peak membership at 400,000 in 1890. 

In Licking County, Ohio, between 1881 and 1884, nine posts of the GAR were formed.  The fraternal organization exercised considerable political clout in elections and lobbying.

Founded on the principles of "Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty," theGAR dissolved nationally in 1956 when the last member died.

More to Come.  --Old Secesh

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