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  • George Washington Benner (1828 - 1910)
    Inscription:GAR Art Co. L 112th Reg* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Jul 7 2018, 12:39:43 UTC
  • Gen. Charles Miller, (USA) (1843 - 1927)
    "Gen Miller attained his title of Major General in the Pa. National Guard, serving two terms as commander of the Division which includes all the troops of the State. He was a veteran of the Civil War, ...
  • Alfred Adams, Sr. (1841 - 1922)
    Alfred Adams, widower, retired farmer, age 80 years, 9 months, 15 days, was born October 2, 1841 in Illinois to Mr. and Mrs. William Adams,and died July 17, 1922 in Pilot Grove, Iowa, burial July 19,, ...
  • Lieut.(USA), Arnold Adam Plumer, Jr. (1839 - 1904)
    Banker (census 1900) "He was educated in the Franklin Academy and in Jefferson College, Canonsburg, PA, later merged into Washington and Jefferson College, of Washington, PA. When the Civil war broke...

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.