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REC/MSS/113. Grand Army of the Republic

 Record Group Term
Identifier: REC/MSS/113
The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was established in 1866 by a former Army surgeon and held its first national meeting that same year. Its membership consisted of Union veterans of the Civil War. The GAR evolved from local veteran groups. The Connecticut GAR began with the United Service Club. In 1867, this Club was initiated into the Grand Army of the Republic, and Post #1, located in Norwich, was formed in February 1867. The GAR was concerned with veteran benefits and was actively involved in establishing soldiers’ homes, making provisions for soldiers’ graves, and lobbying for pension benefits. It proved to be an effective pressure group and exerted significant influence in the political arena. Membership in the organization reached its highest point in 1890, when its numbers reached over 400,000. In 1949, however, with almost all its members deceased, the GAR held its last national meeting. The decision was made to disband the organization after its last member died in 1956. Records of the Department of Connecticut include general orders and circulars, correspondence, financial records, annual reports, post lists, membership lists, music, records relating to courts martial of GAR members, and scrapbooks. In addition, the collection includes records created by various GAR posts throughout Connecticut.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Burial Records.

 Unprocessed Material — Accession 2013-047
Identifier: 2013-047

Burial records.

 Unprocessed Material — Accession 2002-072
Identifier: 2002-072
Dates: Other: n.d.

Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Connecticut records

 Collection
Identifier: RG113
Abstract

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was established in 1866 by a former Army surgeon and held its first national meeting that same year. Its membership consisted of Union veterans of the Civil War. The GAR was concerned with veteran benefits and was actively involved in establishing soldiers’ homes, making provisions for soldiers’ graves, and lobbying for pension benefits. It proved to be an effective pressure group and exerted significant influence in the political arena.

Dates: 1862-1938

Lists and testimonial.

 Unprocessed Material — Accession 1993-041
Identifier: 1993-041
Dates: Other: 1929 - 1935

Records.

 Unprocessed Material — Accession T000532
Identifier: T000532
Dates: Other: 1883 - 1924

Roster.

 Unprocessed Material — Accession 1999-027
Identifier: 1999-027
Dates: Other: c. 1929