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The Grand Army of the Republic

Progenitor of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Founded in Decatur, Illinois on April 6, 1866, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) consisted of Union Veterans of the Civil War, joined together at first for camaraderie, and later for political power. By 1890 their membership had risen to nearly 410,000 veterans.

Membership was limited to honorably discharged veterans of the Union Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Revenue Cutter Service who had served between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865.

The community level of the organization was called a "Post" and each was numbered consecutively within each Department (generally a particular state). Most Posts also had a name and the rules for naming Posts included the requirement that the honored person be deceased and that no two Posts within the same Department could have the same name. The National organization was run by the elected "Commandery-in-Chief."

The GAR founded soldiers' homes, and was active in relief work and pension legislation. Five members were elected President of the United States and, for a time, it was impossible to be nominated on the Republican ticket without the endorsement of the GAR voting block.

In 1868, Commander-in-Chief John A. Logan issued General Order No. 11 calling for all Departments and Posts to set aside the 30th of May as a day for remembering the sacrifices of fallen comrades, thereby beginning the celebration of Memorial Day.

The final meeting of the Grand Army of the Republic was held in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1949 and the last member, Albert Woolson, died in 1956 at the age of 109 years.

The GAR's Department of California and Nevada was organized on February 21, 1868. Eventually there were nearly 200 individual posts throughout the Department. While the last National Encampment was held in 1949, the Department of California and Nevada continued to hold their annual Department Encampments into the 1950s.

The last member of the Department, William Allen Magee of Company M, 12th Ohio Cavalry, died in Long Beach, California on January 23, 1953 at the age of 106 years.

Following is a list of GAR Posts within the area covered by the Gen. William Passmore Carlin Camp No. 25, SUVCW. Not all of these Posts would have existed simultaneously:

El Dorado County, California

Thomas Post No. 18

of

Placerville

Placerville Post No. 108

of

Placerville

Mono County, California

Hancock Post No. 157

of

Bodie

Nevada County, California

Rough and Ready Post No. 16

of

Grass Valley

Chattanooga Post No. 115

of

Nevada City

Placer County, California

Auburn Post No. 13

of

Auburn

Col. E. D. Baker Post No. 71

of

Newcastle

Gen. Berry Post No. 85

of

Truckee

Belmont Post No. 101

of

Auburn

Gen. A. H. Terry Post No. 173

of

Rocklin

Plumas County, California

Ren Dixon Post No. 122

of

Quincy

Sierra County, California

South Mountain Post No. 117

of

Loyalton

John C. Fremont Post No. 152

of

Downieville

Douglas County, Nevada

Custer Post No. 5

of

Carson City

Stanton Post No. 10 [or No. 29]

of

Carson City

Carson City Post No. 17

of

Carson City

Eureka County, Nevada

Lyon Post No. 25

of

Eureka

Upton Post No. 29

of

Eureka

Humboldt County, Nevada

Camp McDermitt Post 19

of

Camp McDermitt

McDermitt Post No. 87

of

Winnemucca

Lander County, Nevada

Lander Post No. 27

of

Austin

Mineral County, Nevada

Nye Post No. 43

of

Candelaria

Washoe County, Nevada

McPherson Post No. 12

of

Reno

Gen. O. M. Mitchell Post No. 69

of

Reno

Storey County, Nevada

Phil Kearney Post No. 8 [or No. 10, or No. 23]

of

Virginia City

White Pine County, Nevada

Col. Baker Post No. 13

of

Cherry Creek

Donelson Post No. 94

of

Taylor

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