Black Hole Music

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What is in the GAR Museum in Springfield, Illinois

What is in the GAR Museum in Springfield, Illinois

Along with historical and interesting facts of the GAR and WRC

On display—Indiana Flag that was in Battle

Company G 30th Infantry Indiana

Still has shrapnel and burn holes from bullets

Co. G fought in 19 Battles with the Flag

On display—-Indiana 5th Cavalry  

John A Gorham was captured and became a POW imprisoned at Andersonville. He wrote in his diary everyday about his captivity. David Sanders was his tentmate.

A piece of cloth was cut from a curtain in the East Room of the White House.  The 7th Calvary Indiana was on guard duty at the White House at the time, so the guard took the cloth from the person and kept it. 

Dennis Lovett was a drummer for the 67th Ohio Infantry. He beat reveille at Lee’s Surrender, and his drum is on exhibit in the museum. 

  • First protestors of the KKK were the WRC
  • WRC funded the Suffragette Movement and many members were a part of the movement.
  • WRC owned Andersonville Prison then gave it to the Defense Department who then gave it to the National Parks, where it became a National Cemetery.
  • The Chicago History Museum Cultural Center is recreating the GAR Hall room that the Chicago Post of the GAR used as a meeting room.
  • Our museum has a Union parole card and a comulation card. The comulation card gives permission for a man not to fight in Civil War and the fee was $300.00.
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Clara Barton initiated in the Woman’s Relief Corps

Our National Chaplain

Clara Barton Installed in Royal Style

    Clara Barton, President of the American Branch of the National Red Cross Association, having been elected as National Chaplain of WRCby Ninth National Convention, after her departure for the Pacific Slope, her installation was deferred until Oct. 2nd, when she was installed by past National President Elizabeth D’Arcy Kinne, at a brilliant reception tendered for her at the Occidental Hotel, San Francisco.

Besides representatives of The Relief Corps and the Grand Army of the Republic, there was present a full attendance of uniformed officers of the United States Army, stationed at San Francisco, in recognition of Clara Barton’s relations to the regular Armyby virtue of her office as President of the Red Cross Association.

Gertrude Gallagher, California’s faithful correspondent, who forwards an account,refers to the happy coincidence which associates Clars Barton’s initiation as a life honorary member of the Woman’s Relief Corps in 1886, and her installation as National Chaplain in 1891, with San Francisco and Lincoln Corps. In this connection is interesting to turn to page 125 1nd 129, Proceedings of the Fourth National Convention, as follows:

Initiation of Clara Barton

Mrs. R.J. Russell, Department President of California, stated that there were many who desired to be initiated during the Convention. Objections raised by National Senior Vice President, Mrs. Kinne and Mrs. S.A. Parker, Department President of Massachusetts. The National President Mrs. Fuller replied: “This can only be done by vote of Convention:but I would state that an 8important communication or request, has been received from the Grand Army of the Republic, asking that a lady whom they all venerate, whom they all delight to honor a lady who was as familiar to them during the war as their mothers—Miss Clara Barton, be made a member of our Order at this Convention.

    Mirs. Annie Wittenmyer, National Chaplain: “It was my privilege to know Miss Barton During the War. Her case was a peculiar one, and I take pleasure in seconding the motion.

Motion carried.

Freedom of the Relief Corps Conferred

The National President, Mrs. Fuller announced the first order of business was the initiation of Miss Clara Barton.

The President of the Lincoln Corps of San Francisco, Mrs.  [  ] , and her staff,occupied the respective chairs and conducted the services, Miss Barton being initiated in the usual form. Mrs. Sherwood, Past National President, explained the objects of the Red Cross Association and alluded to the Iron Cross of Germany inferred upon Miss Barton for distinguished services in the Franco-Prussian War, stating that Miss Barton was the only woman who had been thus honored.

Mrs. Sherwood desired that the Convention should secure an appropriate for its newly initiated member. Moved by Mrs. Wittenmyer, that the National Convention suspend Rules and Regulations and a badge of a National Officer be presented to Mis Clara Barton, to which shall be suspended by a red cross by a yellow silk ribbon.

Motion carried by a raising vote

Moved by Mrs. Sherwood a committee of three was appointed to prepare a distinctive badge of honor for Miss Clara Barton, her name to be engraved across the bar, in place of word “President” and the red cross suspended from the bar. Mrs. Sherwood stated further that it was intended that the freedom of National Convention, Departments, and Corps be extended to Miss Barton.

    Voted on motion by Mrs. E. Florence Barker, Past National President, that the committee has full power. The chair appointed Mrs. Kate H. Sherwood, Mrs. E Florence Barker,, and Mrs. Elizabeth D’Arcy Kinne a committee to procure the badge.

––Proceedings Fourth National Convention, pages 125-129.

Oue New National Chaplain

    As instructed by the Fourth National Convention, the committee proceeded to act at once, and invested Clara Barton with a badge of pure California gold, properly inscribed and embellished with diamonds.

At the Ninth Convention intended was reiterated , and a certificate of honorary membership ordered the recipient. Later she was made National Chaplain by a rising vote. 

National Tribune Washington, D.C. Thursday, October 22, 1891

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History of The Nation Tribune

The National Tribune

The National Tribune was founded as a monthly newspaper for Civil War veterans and their families in October 1877.  Its aim was “to secure to soldiers and sailors their rights, and to expose their wrongs to public inspection so that correction may be made…”

The Tribune included articles on the experiences of both commanding officers as well as ordinary soldiers, ranging from detailed battle descriptions to personal narratives.

The paper showed a particular interest in the Civil War as its founder, George E. Lemon, was himself a Union veteran. An attorney and accountant, Lemon intended the National Tribune to advocate on behalf of veterans rights and specifically for laws to ensure the receipt of pensions by veterans and their families. Later, in 1881,

Lemon added to the paper’s motto a quotation from Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address: “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan…”

During its first few years of publication, the National Tribune covered Congressional news related to pension laws and the Pension Office, as well as providing narratives, tables, and statistics about past wars. Relying on his background as a lawyer, Lemon frequently printed simple, yet valuable advice to veterans on claiming their pensions.

The paper also covered lighter topics and included anecdotes, poems, and jokes.  Large illustrations many drawn by Thomas Nast, a well-known political cartoonist for Harper’s Weekly , appeared on its front page. 

Later the Tribune became known for its regular feature, “Fighting them Over: What Our Veterans Have to Say About Their Old Campaigns,” which solicited memoirs from veterans of all ranks and backgrounds.

This column established the National Tribune as a forum for discussion, debate, and reminiscence for veterans around the country, eventually becoming the official paper of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Like many other papers, the National Tribune underwent changes over the course of its history. On August 20, 1881, it shifted to a weekly publication schedule and adopted a new masthead and motto. 

The Tribune gave rise to several special interest papers focusing on the veterans of specific wars, including the American Standard and the National Guardsman. Eventually, theTribune absorbed these titles, changing its name in 1917 to the National Tribune, incorporating the National Guardsman and the American Standard

Between 1926 and 1927, the paper was briefly renamed the National Tribune, Stars and Stripes, the National Guardsman, the American Standard , preceding the penultimate name change on January 7, 1926, when it became known as the National Tribune, the Stars and Stripes, representing a merger with the Stars and Stripes, the official publication of the American Expeditionary Force from World War I.

A final name change to Stars and Stripes, the National Tribune  followed in 1963, and afterwards it was printed as an independent newspaper reporting on the activities of the Department of Veterans Affairs and veterans’ organizations, as well as veterans legislation in Congress.

Provided by: Library of Congress, Washington, DC

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Raising the Roof!!

This is the link to donate a few bucks for the fundraising to put a new roof on the Parson Brownlow GAR Post 23.

The Parson Brownlow Corps 23 National Woman’s Relief Corps meets in the Grand Army of the Republic Post building.

Thank you for preserving history and to help the ladies take care of the building.

5 or 10 dollars goes a long way. The total they need is $2600.00.

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We need your help to persevere history!

Please donate 5 or 10 dollars to help these dedicated Woman’s Relief Corps members of Brownlow Corps #23 located in Vidalia. Louisiana.

Please watch the video!!

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Pine Creek Cemetery

we are retstoring an old cemetery here in Elkhart County, Indiana.

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WRC Memorial 2021

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The Selkirk Grace

The Selkirk Grace

Some have meat but cannot eat,

some have none that want it;

But we have meat and we can eat,

So let the Lord be thanked.

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Women’s Relief Corps Sponsors Wreath Laying for Constitution Week

Sunday, September 19th, 2021, Member at Large Woman’s Relief Corps of Elkhart County, Indiana, layed wreathes in honor of the Constitution.

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