|OHIO VETERANS and the GRAND ARMY of the REPUBLIC|
|THE GRAND ARMY of the REPUBLIC was organized after the end of the Civil War by Honorably Discharged Union Army Veterans, although other Veteran groups were formed, the GAR was the largest and best known. The GAR was formed in the late 1860's and continued meeting until the final Encampment in 1949. The last Union veteran died in 1958.
The Grand Army was formed in Units called Posts and sometimes named after well-known Military heroes, almost every small town or village boasted of having a post. Some of the larger cities more, depending on the percentage of elegible veterans. Ohio at one time had close to 800 posts.
The GAR was very powerful and prominent in both politics and veteran affairs, even lending a hand to elect some of our U.S. Presidents.
The following photographs are from my personal collection.
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|BUCKEYE CANNON Presented to the Col. Vol. Cupp Post No. 263 G.A.R. of BALTIMORE, OHIO By HENRY LEONARD at the Centennial Exposition at Columbus, Ohio in 1888.
The cannon was named MILLENNIUM.
Photograph by H. LEONARD
|This Grizzled looking old veteran was a member of the DAN BROWN POST No. 380 G.A.R. Located in Duncan Falls, Muskingum Co., Ohio. This Unknown Soldier is shown wearing his STATE OF OHIO VETERAN MEDAL and also an interesting Corp badge above the small GAR star on his lapel. Photograph by ZANESVILLE ART CO. 139 MAIN ST. ZANESVILLE O.|
|This proud looking Veteran is ID'd as ALEX CLARK Co. H 78th OVI, and was a member of HAZLETT POST 81 GAR Located in ZANESVILLE, OHIO, in Muskingum County. Private Clark was wounded in action near Atlanta Ga. 7/22/1864. Photographer is unknown.|
|Another proud veteran member of HAZLETT POST 81, ID'd as HENRY FOYE, Co. A 122 OVI. HENRY was probably an OFFICER in the POST judging by the GAR membership badge he is wearing. Photograph by SEDGEWICKS 133 MAIN ST. ZANESVILLE O.|
|UNIDENTIFIED OFFICER from HAZLETT POST 81 in ZANESVILLE, OHIO. Photograph by SEDGEWICKS 133 MAIN ST. ZANESVILLE O. 1887|
|This Veteran is obviously Proud to be from Ohio as shown by the Ohio Ribbon on his jacket, believed to be a member of HAZLETT POST 81, ZANESVILLE, OHIO. Photograph by SEDGEWICKS 133 MAIN ST. ZANESVILLE O. 1888|
|This LICKING COUNTY, OHIO Veteran ID'd as
GEORGE W. FLESHER, CO. B 135th ONG. He was a member of LEMERT POST NO. 71 GAR located in NEWARK OHIO. He is wearing the early (MEDAL OF HONOR) style GAR MEMBERSHIP BADGE in miniature with what appears to be an ODD-FELLOWS BADGE across the ribbon. Photograph by G.W. CHASE, NEWARK, OHIO 1886