List of memorials to the Grand Army of the Republic

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(see also List of Union Civil War monuments and memorials)

This is a list of memorials to the Grand Army of the Republic. Memorials include a commemorative postage stamp, a U.S. highway, and physical memorials in numerous communities throughout the United States:

National[edit]

State[edit]

California[edit]

G.A.R. Commemorative issue of 1948

Connecticut[edit]

District of Columbia[edit]

Illinois[edit]

The Chicago Cultural Center (1893), built on land donated by the GAR, maintains a memorial hall to the Grand Army
Battery A Chicago Light Artillery Monument in Rosehill Cemetery

Indiana[edit]

  • Valparaiso, Indiana: The Memorial Opera House was constructed by the local GAR chapter in 1893.[20]
  • Des Moines, Iowa: In 1922, a banner created for the GAR encampment was declared a permanent memorial and suspended in the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol.[21] A sundial was dedicated to the GAR on grounds of the Iowa State Capitol during the 1938 encampment.[22]

Iowa[edit]

  • Eldora, Iowa: GAR memorial of a metal soldier atop a granite base costing $3,000 was erected in 1885 in the center of the town square. It was relocated on the site in 1890 to accommodate construction of the courthouse. It has since been relocated to a site east of the courthouse and restored in 1985.[23]
  • Red Oak, Iowa: GAR memorial of a bronze soldier atop a granite base was dedicated in 1907 near grave sites in Evergreen Cemetery.[24]
  • Mt. Pleasant, Iowa: GAR monument and grave sites in the pioneer Hickory Grove Cemetery, junction of Hwy 218 & 185th St.[25]
  • Redfield, Iowa: The Marshall GAR Hall was restored in 2008 and houses a small museum.[26]
  • Waterloo, Iowa: The Grand Army of the Republic meeting hall has been restored and is operated as a meeting hall and museum by the City of Waterloo. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[27][28]

Kansas[edit]

  • Baxter Springs, Kansas: GAR monument and 163 gravesites in the Baxter Springs City Cemetery[29]
  • Topeka, Kansas: The GAR Memorial Hall at 120 SW 10th Avenue was dedicated May 27, 1914, housed the Kansas State Historical Society until 1995 when the society moved to larger quarters. After restoration, the structure became home to the Attorney General and Secretary of State offices in 2000.[30]

Kentucky[edit]

Louisiana[edit]

Maryland[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

  • Rockland, Massachusetts: Hartstuff Post 74 was dedicated January 30, 1900. Portions of the wooden structure were restored between 1990 and 1999 and the structure is currently home of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Camp 50.[34]

Michigan[edit]

  • Algonac, Michigan: Bronze statue of a soldier on a granite base was erected in 1905 in Boardwalk Park on St. Clair River Drive.[35]
  • Bay City, Michigan:
    • A monument of Whitney granite on a base of the same was erected in 1893 in Pine Ridge Cemetery in a section dedicated as Soldier's Rest. Pine Ridge Cemetery is located on the SE corner of Tuscola and Ridge Rd[36]
    • In 1902, an 8-inch Howitzer siege gun cannon was added to the Soldier's Rest section of Pine Ridge to guard the soldiers.[37]
  • Detroit, Michigan: Grand Army of the Republic Building was completed in 1890 as a meeting place for the local chapter of the GAR. When membership dwindled in the 1930s, the group deeded the property to the City of Detroit who paid a portion of the construction costs. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and was vacant for many years.[38] In November 2011, the software company Mindfield acquired the building and, through the summer of 2013, spent over $1,000,000 on restoration.[39] In addition to Mindfield, the building now houses an upscale restaurant.[40]
  • Flint, Michigan: Two Parrott rifles occupy the lawn of the Genesee County Courthouse. In 2003, the Governor Henry H. Crapo Camp of SUVCW restored the bases and held a re-dedication ceremony.[41]
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
    • A zinc fountain depicting a soldier at parade rest atop a carved column was dedicated in 1885 at the intersection of Fulton, Monroe and Division. It was restored and rededicated in October 2003.[42]
    • Oak Hill Cemetery at 1100 Eastern Avenue, SE contains an obelisk and the graves of several members of the Custer Post No. 5.[43]

Minnesota[edit]

Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Opera House, Valparaiso, Indiana. c. 1898
  • Detroit Lakes, Minnesota: GAR Park, 317 Washington Avenue. The GAR Park was rededicated on April 15, 2015.[45]
  • Grand Meadow, Minnesota: GAR Hall/Museum. Booth Post No. 130 was once a meeting hall for members of the Grand Army of the Republic. The hall is believed to be one of only two remaining in Minnesota and is located on South Main Street between First Avenue SW and Second Avenue SW. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places because of its architectural and social significance.[46]
  • Hastings, Minnesota: Peller Post 89 purchased one-half acre of land for a cemetery in 1905. It holds graves of Civil War and Spanish–American War veterans.[47] In 1998, local VFW post 1210 restored the cemetery.[48]
  • Litchfield, Minnesota: The hall of Frank Daggett Post 35 has been preserved and houses a GAR museum.[48]
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: A memorial obelisk capped by a bronze statue stands at the intersection of John Ireland Boulevard and Summit Avenue. The statue gazes toward the capitol building to the east and was erected in 1903 at a cost of $9,000. It was created by artist John K. Daniels and bears a dedication to "Josias R. King the first man to volunteer in the 1st MN infantry" and commemorates all who fought.[49]

Missouri[edit]

  • Carthage, Missouri: Park Cemetery contains a lot with several burials from the Stanton Post No. 16 with a large granite monument[50]
  • Laclede, Missouri: Grove and Cole Streets; Bronze soldier atop a granite base inscribed with a dedication to the Phil Kearny Post No. 19[51]

Nebraska[edit]

New Hampshire[edit]

New Jersey[edit]

New York[edit]

North Dakota[edit]

Ohio[edit]

Oregon[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

Tennessee[edit]

  • Cleveland, Tennessee: The GAR Monument at Fort Hill Cemetery is only one of three GAR memorials in Tennessee.[73]

Vermont[edit]

  • Vermont: State Route 15 is known as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway.[74]
  • Rutland, Vermont: Memorial Hall dedicated in 1899, served as the library until the 1930s[75]
  • Port Orchard, Washington: Sedgwick road, Sedgwick Cemetery and Sedgwick Junior High were all named after Ladies of G.A.R. General John Sedgwick Circle of Harper and Colby founded the cemetery. This cemetery was named in honor of General John Sedgwick, a Civil War Officer. In the year 1905, a group of women, wives, daughters, and nieces of Civil War Veterans, organized the General Sedgwick Circle, No. 28, Ladies of the G.A.R., Women’s Auxiliary of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Washington[edit]

Seattle GAR Park
  • Seattle, Washington: The city's five GAR posts established Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery on Capitol Hill, just north of Lake View Cemetery in 1895. In 1922, the groups ceded control to the Seattle Parks Department.[76]
  • Snohomish, Washington: GAR Morton Post 110 established Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery was established in 1889 at 8602 Riverview Road. It contains the graves of 200 Civil War veterans.[77] On May 29, 1914, the community dedicated a monument at the northwest corner of the cemetery consisting of an obelisk and statue of a soldier on a base.[78]
  • Tacoma, Washington: Oakwood Hill Cemetery has large section containing several hundred GAR veterans who were members of the Custer Post and their wives.[79]
  • Port Angeles, Washington: Memorial garden in downtown with a plaque honoring the Grand Army of the Republic.[80]
  • Bellingham, Washington: Cornwall Park, memorial dedicated to the Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Washington and Alaska.[81]

Wisconsin[edit]

  • Columbus, Wisconsin: A bronze figure of a soldier atop a square granite column was erected by the H.M. Brown Post 146 of the GAR at the intersection of West James Street (Highway 60) and Dickason Boulevard (Highway 16), adjacent to the City Hall.[82]
  • Madison, Wisconsin: Grand Army of the Republic Conference Room at the Wisconsin State Capitol.[83]
  • Necedah, Wisconsin: Flagpole and inscribed tablet in Bay View Cemetery; North Main and Maple Streets[84]

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