ILLINOIS in the CIVIL WAR

Grand Army of the Republic in Illinois

The Grand Army of the Republic or GAR was formed in Decatur, Illinois shortly after the Civil War. by Benjamin F. Stephenson. It was the largest organization of Union veterans of the Civil War The organization promoted comradeship among veterans, worked to increase pensions and assist war widows and orphans, and maintained homes for old soldiers.

In 1868, the commander in chief of the GAR and Civil War General John Alexander Logan inaugurated the observance of Memorial Day to honor fallen soldiers. [Read the full text of the General Order which created Memorial Day, courtesy of John A. Logan College] Membership in the staunchly Republican organization peaked at more than 409,000 in 1890. The last member died in 1955, and the GAR was discontinued in 1956.

The women's Relief Corp was initiated through the GAR.


Partial List of GAR Posts in Illinois

If you know of other, please send e-mail to ilcivilwar@outfitters.com and they will be added to this list.

Name of Post             Number     Town           County         Reference
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Warren Stewart             533                                   Melissa L. Davis (US Army & Navy Historical Assoc Record #60708 dated 2/1/1904 
                           338     Albion          Edwards       
Cornwall                   314     Capron          Boone         Michael P. Squires
Hurlburt                   464     Belvidere       Boone         Michael P. Squires
Eben T. Emery              198     Buda            Bureau        Ed Page 
Ferris                     309     Princeton       Bureau        History of the 93rd Infantry 
Calhoun                    448     Hardin          Calhoun       Jckvlle Gen J 3:1:40-42
Nase                        80     Mt. Carroll     Carroll       1913 Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois & History of Carroll County Illinois.  Munsell publishing Co., Volume II.  page 679 (Catherine Brunner)	
Shiloh                      85     Lanark          Carroll       1913 Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois & History of Carroll County Illinois.  Munsell publishing Co., Volume II.  page 679 (Catherine Brunner)	
Robert Moffett Allison Hawk406     Savanna         Carroll       1913 Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois & History of Carroll County Illinois.  Munsell publishing Co., Volume II.  page 679-688
George Kridler             575     Milledgeville   Carroll        1913 Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois & History of Carroll County Illinois.  Munsell publishing Co., Volume II.  page 679-688
Holman                     579     Thomson         Carroll        1913 Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois & History of Carroll County Illinois.  Munsell publishing Co., Volume II.  page 679-688
Holden Putnam              646     Shannon         Carroll        1913 Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois & History of Carroll County Illinois.  Munsell publishing Co., Volume II.  page 679-688
Dr. John L. Hostetter      785     Chadwick        Carroll        1913 Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois & History of Carroll County Illinois.  Munsell publishing Co., Volume II.  page 679-688	
Black Eagle                129     Urbana          Champaign     From Salt Fk to Chickamauga
Simon Cameron              679     Gifford         Champaign     From Salt Fk to Chickamauga
Col. Nodine                140     Champaign       Champaign     From Salt Fk to Chickamauga
Dewey                      282     Dewey           Champaign     From Salt Fk to Chickamauga
Eph. Scott                 264     Mahomet         Champaign     From Salt Fk to Chickamauga
Homer                      263     Homer           Champaign     From Salt Fk to Chickamauga
McPherson                   16     Homer           Champaign     From Salt Fk to Chickamauga
McPherson                  263     Homer           Champaign     From Salt Fk to Chickamauga
Pesotum                    738     Pesotum         Champaign     From Salt Fk to Chickamauga
Ord                        464                     Champaign     From Salt Fk to Chickamauga 
Sadorus                    322     Sadorus         Champaign     From Salt Fk to Chickamauga
Seaver                     253     Seaver          Champaign     From Salt Fk to Chickamauga
Sidney                     317     Sidney          Champaign     From Salt Fk to Chickamauga
St. Joseph                 220     St. Joseph      Champaign     From Salt Fk to Chickamauga
Tolono                     334     Tolono          Champaign     From Salt Fk to Chickamauga
Van Wert                   300     Fisher          Champaign     From Salt Fk to Chickamauga
Geo. H. Thomas               5     Chicago         Cook          Cliff Carrington
Gen. John A. Logan         540     Evanston        Cook          By-Laws of Post No. 540, 1916 (Evanston Public Library)
Wilcox                             MorganPk/WashHtsCook          Michael M. Stachnik
J.B. Rood                  472     Lemont          Cook          Laurinda Kidd
T.J. Terry                 463     Shabbona        DeKalb	 Laurinda Kidd
Merritt Simond             283     DeKalb          DeKalb	 Laurinda Kidd
Carter Wright              772     Somonauk        DeKalb	 Laurinda Kidd
Potter                      12     Sycamore        DeKalb	 Laurinda Kidd
Reseca                     478     Genoa           DeKalb	 Laurinda Kidd
Barnes                     395     Kingston        DeKalb	 Laurinda Kidd
Thomas Humphrey            580     Kirkland        DeKalb	 Laurinda Kidd
Sandwich                   510     Sandwich        DeKalb	 Laurinda Kidd
Frank Lowry                157     Clinton         DeWitt        posted 7 Oct 1882; from Katie Long - The DeWitt County Observer, 31 Mar 1966
Frank Sampson              298     Waynseville     DeWitt        posted 23 Jun 1883; from Katie Long - The DeWitt County Observer, 31 Mar 1966
Lemens                     211     Farmer City     DeWitt        posted 29 Mar 1883; from Katie Long - The DeWitt County Observer, 31 Mar 1966
Seward Nelson              251     Wapella         DeWitt        posted 18 May 1883; from Katie Long - The DeWitt County Observer, 31 Mar 1966
E.S. Kelley                513     Wheaton         DuPage        submitted by Bill Kooser
Walter Blanchard           386     Downers Grove   DuPage        submitted by Bill Kooser
Napier                     468     Naperville      DuPage        submitted by Bill Kooser
Joe Hooker                  69     Canton          Fulton        submitted by Mike Southwood
William Passmore Carlin    442     Carrollton      Greene
Thomas A. Weisner          350     Greenfield      Greene
Lucian King                410     Kane            Greene
Jacob Fry                  193     Roodhouse       Greene
Culver                     512     White Hall      Greene 
                            22     Elgin           Kane          John C. Thiel
Aurora                      20     Aurora          Kane?         Dan Cicero
Dundee                     519     Dundee          Kane          Laurinda Kidd
E.J. Farnsworth            456     St. Charles     Kane	         Laurinda Kidd
Roger Bell                 495     Elburn          Kane	         Laurinda Kidd
Batavia                     48     Kane            Kane	         Laurinda Kidd
George Spalding             60     Geneva          Kane	         Laurinda Kidd
M.V. Beverly               678     Maple Park      Kane	         Laurinda Kidd
McCullough                 475     Earlville       LaSalle       Randy & Teresa Novak
Joseph Woodruff            281     Marseilles      LaSalle       submitted by Don Christensen
Streator                    68     Streator        LaSalle       submitted by  Sndra J. Parcher
Seth C. Earl                21     Ottawa          LaSalle       submitted by LAAUB
Mitchell                    29     Lee             Lee	         Laurinda Kidd
Arthur W. Marsh                    Warsaw          Hancock       submitted by Wayne Joregnson, Minneapolis, MN
E.D. Lowe                  295                     Jersey        submitted by William F. Sauerwein
McDonough                  103     Macomb          McDonough     McDon. Co. Hist. Soc. newsletter Vol. 9 No. 4
D. B. Courtwright          267     Blandinsville   McDonough     McDon. Co. Hist. Soc. newsletter Vol. 9 No. 4
Royal Douglas              170     Prairie City    McDonough     McDon. Co. Hist. Soc. newsletter Vol. 9 No. 4
Carter Van Vleck           174     Bushnell        McDonough     McDon. Co. Hist. Soc. newsletter Vol. 9 No. 4
William T. Sherman         146     Bloomington     McLean        newsclippings dated 11/29/1932 and 5/23/1933; Sharon Frizzell
A.R. Talbot                694     Alexis          Mercer/Warren Alexis, 125 Years 1870-1995 
John W. Ross               331     Waverly         Morgan        Jckvlle Gen J 3:1:38
Matt Starr                 378     Jacksonville    Morgan        Jckvlle Gen J 3:1:39
Major Sam Hays             477     Summer Hill     Pike          Gary Crowder
Wilburn Borne                      Mound City      Pulaski       Melissa L. Davis (US Army & Navy Historical Assoc Record #60708 dated 2/1/1904 
William Hugner                     Villa Ridge     Pulaski       Melissa L. Davis (US Army & Navy Historical Assoc Record #60708 dated 2/1/1904 
George A. Brown            417     Brooklyn Twp    Schuyler      Lisa Harley
Major Lee                  277     Rossville       Vermillion     Phyllis Bell 
Kenesaw                     77     Danville        Vermillion    submitted by Michael Melland
Bartleson                    6     Joliet          Will	         Laurinda Kidd
Burrell                      3     Plainfield      Will	         Laurinda Kidd
Nevius                       1     Rockford        Winnebago     Michael P. Squires
Ellis                      320     Pecatonica      Boone         Michael P. Squires
Harvey                     274     Harvey                        Harvey, Illinois, History 1890-1962; published by 1st National Bank in Harvey, 1962 (Barbara Lenox Garet)
Robert Graham                      Moline                        ----

The list below comes from the "Roster of the Posts of the Grand Army of the Republic" compiled in 1892-1893. This resources lists 582 Posts in Illinois, with a total membership of 30,211. We are entering this list as we can, and plan to integrate the information with the above list. A big thank you to Jon Newton for sending this reference. FATAL ERROR:

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Miscellaneous Notes

Dan C. says the Post 20, GAR Memorial Assoc. meets regularly at the GAR Memorial Hall in Aurora, IL. Dan believes that it's the last GAR Hall in the country still used for its original purpose.

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