Archive for Sunday, May 15, 2011

100 years ago: G.A.R. soldiers arrive in Lawrence for 3-day encampment

May 15, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 15, 1911:

  • “The members of the G.A.R. and the auxiliary orders are coming for a three day encampment. The advance guard is already here and many more will come in this evening. It is a great pleasure on the part of our people to have these honored guests. To them this city owes much. To their courage, their thoughtfulness and their lives we of Lawrence have a special debt.”
  • “Washington Bulletin. -- The government today won its suit to declare the Standard Oil Company a trust. Prosecution will now be commenced at once under the Sherman anti-trust law to dissolve the Rockefeller company as a pernicious monopoly.”
  • “The last visit of Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous actress in all the world, comes to the Auditorium Theatre in Kansas City, for three performances, with her company and complete productions. The engagement is of such magnitude that all the railroads entering Kansas City will make a gala day of the event by placing on sale cheap round trip excursion tickets.”


formerfarmer 6 years, 8 months ago

I didn't know what GAR stood for. Here is what Wikopedia says:

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army who served in the American Civil War. Founded in 1866 in Decatur, Illinois, it was dissolved in 1956 when its last member died. Linking men through their experience of the war, the GAR became among the first organized advocacy groups in American politics, supporting voting rights for black veterans, lobbying the US Congress to establish veterans' pensions, and supporting Republican political candidates. Its peak of membership at more than 400,000 was in 1890, a high point of Civil War commemorative ceremonies. It was succeeded by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), composed of male descendants of Union veterans.

Sarah St. John 6 years, 8 months ago

I am not sure when or how I first heard about the GAR, since it had been disbanded before I was born. I remember reading about it when I was younger. I knew it consisted of former Union soldiers, but I did not have this additional info -- thanks for that!

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