Posted By:Ohio Yankee
Subject:Seeking women with Union soldier ancestors
Post Date:October 30, 2003 at 21:50:19
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Forum:Warren County, IA Genealogy Forum
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A chapter of the nation's oldest women's hereditary society is forming in the Des Moines area soon. It is the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic (LGAR) It was formed 1881 as an auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, which was the largest Union veterans' organization after the Civil War. It is now a ocmpletely independent organization. It is federally chartered by Congress.

The LGAR is composed of women age 10 or older who have either (A) a direct, blood-related ancestor who served honorably in the Union (i.e. Yankee) federal forces of the Civil War or (B) a direct, blood-related ancestor whose BROTHER served in the Union federal forces.

Applicants must prove relationship to the soldier as well sa her record of service. Although fees have not been firmly set, the one-time application will be about $10 and the dues will be $15-$20 per year.

The purposes of the LGAR are (1) to education on the service and sacrifice of Union veterans; (2) to preserve items and places of Civil War history; (3) to mark graves of Union veterans; (4) to commemorate Memorial day; and (5) to promote patriotism and respect for living American veteranas of all wars.

Contact me for an application or more information.

K. D. Ashley, 34465 Crew Road, Pomeroy, OH 45769
PH: (740) 992-7874