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The Grand Army of the Republic

Organization dedicated to fraternity, charity, and loyalty among its members, and restricted to honorably serving Union men; this is a gateway page to details about the Western departments of the order. National Encampments of surviving soldiers, sailors and marines of the Union Army, with invited guests, were held from 1866 until 1949, a total of eighty-three gatherings. Only a few of these Encampments were held west of the Mississippi River; the California gathering of 1886 at San Francisco spotlighted the booming town, and of 1903 celebrated the thriving city, destroyed by earthquake and fire three years later. National Encampments were held more frequently in Minneapolis, with visits also to Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, Des Moines, Kansas City, and Salt Lake City. The 1876 Encampment at Philadelphia coincided with the celebration of the nation's centennial. Indianapolis was one of the most frequent stops, and hosted both the first and the last encampments.

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GAR badge
GAR badge
from memorial at Retsil, Kitsap County, Washington
Grand Army of the Republic Sketch
Grand Army of the Republic Sketch
personal war sketch, typical of documents issued to members of the Grand Army of the Republic at their initiation; this example was posted by a descendant of Michael Devlin, member of Waukegan Post 374, Department of Illinois
B-54 Grand Review, 1865. Washington, Showing Reviewing Stand with General Grant, & President Johnson & Cabinet.
B-54 Grand Review, 1865. Washington, Showing Reviewing Stand with General Grant, & President Johnson & Cabinet.
Brady photo documenting the stand at last great gathering of the Army of the Potomac, the Grand Review; the Grand Army of the Republic included only about 50% of the Union Army's veterans; the Review was, however, the inspiration to John Logan to found the Order at Decatur, Illinois
BRACKETT Gilman Longee
BRACKETT Gilman Longee
GAR veteran from Maine, dress uniform, wearing membership badge, Past Post Commander's badge, and Department badge; in collection submitter
GAR Rule Book
GAR Rule Book
the official procedures; in collection submitter
GAR Circular Officers
GAR Circular Officers
page one of two; in collection submitter
GAR Circular Officers 2
GAR Circular Officers 2
page two of two; this document was sent to every Department and Post in the country; in collection submitter
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Encampment:
01 20 Nov 1866: Indianapolis Indiana 1
02 15 Jan 1868: Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1
03 12-13- May 1869: Cincinnati Ohio 1
04 11-12 May 1870: Washington City District of Columbia 1
05 10-11 May 1871: Boston Massachusetts 1
06 8-9 May 1872: Cleveland Ohio 1
07 14-15 May 1873: New Haven Connecticut 1
08 13-14-May 1874: Harrisburg Pennsylvania 1
09 12-13- May 1875: Chicago Illinois 1
10 30 Jun 1876: Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1
11 26-27 Jun 1877: Providence Rhode Island 1
12 4 Jun 1878: Springfield Massachusetts 1
13 17-18 Jun 1879: Albany New York 1
14 8-9 Jun 1880: Dayton Ohio 1
15 15-16 Jun 1881: Indianapolis Indiana 1
16 21-23 Jun 1882: Baltimore Maryland 1
17 25-26 Jun 1883: Denver Colorado 1
18 23-25 Jun 1884: Minneapolis Minnesota 1
19 24-25 Jun 1885: Portland Maine 1
20 4-6 Aug 1886: San Francisco California 1
21 28-30 Sep 1887: Saint Louis, Missouri 1
22 12-14 Sep 1888: Columbus Ohio 1
23 28-30 Aug 1889: Milwaukee Wisconsin 1
24 13-14 Aug 1890: Boston Massachusetts 1
25 5-7 Aug 1891: Detroit Michigan 1
26 21-22 Sep 1892: Washington City, District of Columbia 1
27 6-7 Sep 1893: Indianapolis Indiana 1
28 12-13 Sep 1894: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 1
29 11-13 Sep 1895: Louisville Kentucky 1
30 3-4 Sep 1896: Saint Paul Minnesota 1
31 25-27 Aug 1897: Buffalo New York 1
32 5-6 Sep 1898: Cincinnati Ohio 1
33 6-7 Jul 1899: Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1
34 29-30 Aug 1900: Chicago Illinois 1
35 12-13 Sep 1901: Cleveland Ohio 1
36 9-10 Oct 1902: Washington City, District of Columbia 1
37 20-21 Aug 1903: San Francisco California 1
38 17-18 Aug 1904: Boston Massachusetts 1
39 7-8 Sep 1905: Denver Colorado 1
40 16-17 Aug 1906: Minneapolis Minnesota 1
41 12-13 Sep 1907: Saratoga Springs New York 1
42 3-4 Sep 1908: Toledo Ohio 1
43 12-13 Aug 1909: Salt Lake City Utah 1
44 22-23 Sep 1910: Atlantic City New Jersey 1
45 24-25 Aug 1911: Rochester New York 1
46 9-14 Sep 1912: Los Angeles California 1
47 18-19 Sep 1913: Chattanooga Tennessee 1
48 3-4 Sep 1914: Detroit Michigan 1
49 30 Sep - 1 Oct 1915: Washington City, District of Columbia 1
50 28 Aug - 2 Sep 1916: Kansas City, Missouri 1
51 20-25 Aug 1917: Boston, Massachusetts 1
52 18-24 Aug 1918: Portland Oregon 1
53 7-13 Sep 1919: Columbus Ohio 1
54 19-25 Sep 1920: Indianapolis Indiana 1
55 25-27 Sep 1921: Indianapolis Indiana 1
56 24-29 Sep 1922: Des Moines Iowa 1
57 2-8 Sep 1923: Milwaukee Wisconsin 1
58 10-15 Aug 1924: Boston Massachusetts 1
59 30 Aug - 5 Sep 1925: Grand Rapids Michigan 1
60 19-25 Sep 1926: Des Moines Iowa 1
61 11-16 Sep 1927: Grand Rapids Michigan 1
62 16-21 Sep 1928: Denver Colorado 1
63 8-13 Sep 1929: Portland Maine 1
64 24-28 Aug 1930: Cincinnati Ohio 1
65 13-18 Sep 1931: Des Moines Iowa 1
66 18-24 Sep 1932: Springfield Illinois 1
67 17-22 Sep 1933: Saint Paul Minnesota 1
68 12-18 Aug 1934: Rochester New York 1
69 8-4 Sep 1935: Grand Rapids Michigan 1
70 20-26 Sep 1936: Washington City, District of Columbia 1
71 5-10 Sep 1937: Madison Wisconsin 1
72 4-9 Sep 1938: Des Moines Iowa 1
73 27 Aug - 1 Sep 1939: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 1
74 8-12 Sep 1940: Springfield Illinois 1
75 14-19 Sep 1941: Columbus Ohio 1
76 13-18 Sep 1942: Indianapolis Indiana 1
77 19-24 Sep 1943: Milwaukee Wisconsin 1
78 10-15 Sep 1944: Des Moines Iowa 1
79 30 Sep - 5 Nov 1945: Columbus Ohio 1
80 25-30 Aug 1946: Indianapolis Indiana 1
81 10-14 Aug 1947: Cleveland Ohio 1
82 26-30 Sep 1948: Grand Rapids Michigan 1
83 28 Aug - 1 Sep 1949: Indianapolis Indiana 1

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