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  • (USA), Thomas Charles Purdy (1824 - 1876)
    UNION CIVIL WAR SOLDIER. MEMBER CO.F, 174TH REG.PA. INFANTRY.H/O ELIZA PURDY* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Dec 14 2018, 1:15:12 UTC
  • Pvt.(USA), Jacob Hefflefinger (1827 - 1900)
    Private, Co K, 201st Regt, Pennsylvania VolunteersJacob Heffelfinger was born c. 1827, the son of David & Elizabeth B. (Dunmire) Heffelfinger. What is a bit unclear is whether he was born in Mifflin To...
  • Pvt.(USA), Henry Kendig Getter (1843 - 1901)
    A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in Oakville, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, August 29, 1864. Was mustered into federal service at Harrisburg on September 3 as a private with Co. F, 207th Pennsylvani...
  • Pvt.(USA), Ami Orr, Civil War veteran (1844 - 1917)
    Served in the Civil War as a Private, Company B,4th WV Cavalry. Ami Orr BIRTH 22 Aug 1844 Preston County, West Virginia, USA DEATH 30 Jun 1917 (aged 72) Independence, Preston County, West Virginia, U...
  • Pvt (USA) George D Eisenhauer (1842 - 1879)
    Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Oct 3 2018, 8:21:14 UTC * Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Oct 3 2018, 21:03:21 UTC

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.