Grand Army of the Republic

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Date: 1866 to 1957
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Grand Army of the Republic

Formed in 1866 in Springfield, Illinois, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) grew to over 410,000 members in 1890. The GAR was formed as a fraternal organization for the Union Veterans of the Civil War. It was one of the first veteran's advocacy groups and championed many causes including the establishment of veteran's pensions, promoting patriotic education, black voting rights, ad the creation of Memorial Day.

Members were organized into State Posts and local posts. The GAR posts were the forerunners of modern day VFW and American Foreign Legion Halls.

The last member, Albert Woolson (1850 - 1956) passed all of the files and records to the successor organization, the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW). Today, SUVCW membership is open to any male descendant of any Union Civil War veteran.

The society badge worn by GAR members is the Grand Army of the Republic Medal, stylized after the Civil War era Medal of Honor.


Under construction. Baty-260 20:08, 6 December 2019 (UTC)



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I would like to echo RP's compliments on this page. My wife's great-grandfather was a veteran of the 18th Illinois and a member of the GAR. You can see a scan of his GAR transfer card here:
posted by Andrew Payzant
Thanks for the comment Andrew! I've left some notes below in reply to Ronald.

Very nice certificate! I'm green with envy!

posted by SJ Baty
Hello, nice start on this page! Has the sticker been approved? Would love to add it to this profile Lindsey Gibson. Also, I've found some links that might be useful if posted on this page as well: Let me know if I can assist! Thanks

Best -RP

posted by Ronald Prentice
Sorry I missed this comment Ronald - I'm seeing it now after the notification of Andrew's comment above.

I was in the process of working on this sticker and others for lineage societies when life caught me (birth of third child). It is a project I plan to get to but it might be a while.

In the interim, you might consider using the Occupation Sticker (template). In addition to listing one's occupation, the sticker (template) gives a description that should cover the GAR until a formal sticker is approved:

This sticker is used to note a person's occupation (career, profession or professional organizational affiliation) that was either important to them, or may have been a distinguishing feature about their life.

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|tooltip = Grand Army of the Republic
|text= Hiram Abbott was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, Post 182, Lenora, Kansas.}}
... Hiram Abbott was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, Post 182, Lenora, Kansas.
posted by SJ Baty
edited by SJ Baty