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  • Pvt. (USA), Alfred B. Hewett (1843 - 1916)
    Co. C 15 Ky Inf. Info from cemetery record and Civil War Records and Profiles on Alfred B Hewett Enlistment Date: 9 Dec 1861 Rank at enlistment: Private Enlistment Place: Camp Pope, KY St...
  • Pvt. (USA), Daniel E. Hittle (1835 - 1870)
    Son of William Hittle & Elizabeth Eisenhart Veteran of the Rebellion Private Company K, 54th Pennsylvania Infantry Hittle, Daniel E. BATTLE UNIT NAME: 54th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry SIDE: U...
  • Pvt. (USA) William Parker Siggins (1840 - 1917)
    William P. Siggins, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of Forest county, died suddenly at his home in West Hickory at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon, Oct. 15, 1917, of heart disease, aged...
  • Pvt. (USA) Thomas Mangle (1846 - 1925)
    The son of Daniel & Catherine Long Mangle, in 1864, he was a farmer presumably living in Liverpool Township, Perry County, although is family was then living in Juniata County. He stood 5' 6" tall and ...
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    Corp (USA) William N. Keister (1832 - 1905)
    Keister, William N. BATTLE UNIT NAME: 131st Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry SIDE: Union COMPANY: F SOLDIER'S RANK IN: Corporal SOLDIER'S RANK OUT: Corporal ALTERNATE NAME: FILM NUMBER: M5...

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.