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Grand Army of the Republic, Wilcox Post No. 668 Records

 Collection
Identifier: spe-w00135

Scope and Contents

The GAR, Wilcox Post collection includes 3 ledgers and 3 pension certificates for John Burke.

Dates

  • 1889 - 1928

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least 24-hours prior to your research visit to coordinate access.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) was an organization of former soldiers and sailors who served in the Union forces during the Civil War or who were members of state militia on active duty and subject to national call during the war. The organization's goals were to maintain comradery and fraternity among its members, to perpetuate the memory of their deeds, and to aid needy soldiers and their families. It was one of the United States’ first organized advocacy groups supporting veterans. The first local post was established in Decatur, Illinois on April 6, 1866, and the organization grew to hundreds of posts across the nation. The G.A.R. reached its membership peak in 1890 with over 490,000 members. The organization was dissolved in 1956, when its last remaining member passed away.

The Wilcox Post, No. 668 was located at 9628 S. Longwood Drive in Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet (in 1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) was an organization of former soldiers and sailors who served in the Union forces during the Civil War or who were members of state militia on active duty and subject to national call during the war. The Wilcox Post, No. 668 was located at 9628 S. Longwood Drive in Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood. The collection consists of 3 manuscript ledgers and a selection of pension certificates.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by John P. Burke, in 2011

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Title
Guide to the Grand Army of the Republic, Wilcox Post No. 668 Records
Status
Completed
Author
Michelle McCoy
Date
2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Unit at Harold Washington Library Center Repository

Contact:
Harold Washington Library Center, 9th Floor
Chicago Public Library
400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605 United States
(312) 747-4875