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  • Capt. Elias Reigel Light, USA (1835 - 1881)
    Captain E. R. Light, of this place, who for several years has been afflicted with a disease of the stomach, this morning breathed his last, aged 46 years. The deceased for many years was tax collector ...
  • (USA), William Franklin Fleming (1831 - 1914)
    Son of Robert Fleming & Catherine Filler One of thirteen children; 7 sisters & 5 brothers ************************************ 1822 Mary Ann (Pfeiffer)***see below 1825 Emily 1826 Sarah (Reitin...
  • Sgt. (USA), George Washington Schriver (1838 - 1920)
    OBITUARY :VETERAN OF CIVIL CONFLICT DIES - George W. Schriver, of Gettysburg, Fought Four Years With Union Army.GEORGE WASHINGTON SCHRIVER, Civil War veteran and a charter member of Corporal Skelly Pos...
  • Pvt. (USA), Joseph Allan Wells (1842 - 1905)
    Civil War 9/1/1862 through 12/1862 Fredericksburg Campaign, and the May 1863 Chancellorsville Campaign. Honorable mustered out on 6/27/1863. Married Mary L. Austin, of Lumberton 1/10/1867 by Rev. Georg...
  • (USA), Henry Harry Epright (1829 - 1901)
    Henry Epright Henry “Harry” Epright Grave: 72 years, 4 months and 14 days old. Henry served his country during the Civil War in 1861 in the Pa Militia, Company C, 9th Regiment. Son of Samuel ...

The "Grand Army of the Republic" (G.A.R.) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army (United States Army), Union Navy (U.S. Navy), Marines and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War for the Northern/Federal forces. Founded in 1866 in Decatur, Illinois, and growing to include hundreds of posts (local community units) across the nation, (predominately in the North, but also a few in the South and West), it was dissolved in 1956 when its last member, Albert Woolson (1850–1956) of Duluth, Minnesota, died. Linking men through their experience of the war, the G.A.R. became among the first organized advocacy groups in American politics, supporting voting rights for black veterans, promoting patriotic education, help to make Memorial Day a national holiday, lobbying the United States Congress to establish regular veterans' pensions, and supporting Republican political candidates. Its peak membership, at more than 490,000, was in 1890, a high point of various Civil War commemorative and monument dedication ceremonies. It was succeeded by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (S.U.V.C.W.), composed of male descendants of Union Army and Union Navy veterans.