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September 6, 1998 | By Joseph S. Kennedy, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Currently, there are a number of national veterans' organizations that represent the interests of former service people and maintain the nation's memory of America's armed conflicts. But around the turn of the century, there was only one such body - the Grand Army of the Republic, made up of Union veterans of the Civil War. At the local level, the membership of the GAR summoned up the Civil War's past and was in the forefront of the effort to protect veterans' rights. The national GAR was created in April 1866 on a foundation of "fraternity, charity and loyalty.
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March 28, 1993 | For The Inquirer / ROGER TUNIS
A skit was part of a program about "American Heroines: Women of the North and South" at the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation on Sunday. Some of the character actors watch from the audience. "The Bonnet Brigade" brought together 10 women in period clothing who assumed the roles of Civil War heroines. The 10 are members of the Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library in Philadelphia.
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May 27, 1993 | For The Inquirer / HINDA SCHUMAN
Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem is not exactly northern Virginia, but this month does mark the 130th anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863. Last weekend's Civil War battle re-enactment was sponsored by the Grand Army of the Republic, the Bensalem Historical Society, the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and the 17th Virginia Regiment.
NEWS
October 3, 2010
Old Baldy, the horse shot out from under Gen. George C. Meade at Gettysburg, was returned to the Grand Army of the Republic Museum in the city's Frankford section last Sunday - his stuffed and mounted head, at least. He was one of thousands of horses ridden into battle during the Civil War. 1. Traveller.       2. Duke.          3. Little Sorrel.       4. Jeff Davis.       5. Dixie.          6. Winchester.    7. My Maryland.
NEWS
May 12, 2013
Gettysburg also will be the topic for historians Ted Widmer, Sean Wilentz, Carla Petersen, and Adam Goodheart at 6:30 p.m. June 17 at the National Constitution Center. At the Rosenbach Museum and Library an exhibit called "Voices of 1863 - Witnesses to the Civil War" reports on the year's events through the letters and dispatches of President Lincoln, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, and others. The event extends through Jan. 5. At Laurel Hill Cemetery, a recreation of the 1868 Decoration Day service of the Grand Army of the Republic will be held at noon on May 26. Bronze markers will be dedicated at the graves of Civil War veterans.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2007
Nothing can match the Mutter Museum's sheer volume of bodily curiosities, but the wonderful little Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum, a block from the El tracks in Frankford, more than holds its own for the quality of its quease-factor artifacts. One display case contains both a patch of skin removed from President James Garfield's back during his autopsy, sealed in a delicate jar, and a darkened sliver of fabric that's evocatively labeled as "a fragment of Lincoln's Bloody Pillowcase.
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June 20, 2010 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The event 100 years ago was called a "glittering, glorious, and gratifying success. " As many as 30,000 Civil War veterans and their families converged here for the 44th annual encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic. Where the land ends and the sea begins, they constituted the largest gathering of the organization, which Civil War veterans from all over the United States formed to "keep green the memories" of the soldiers who fought in the deadliest war in American history.
NEWS
July 9, 2000 | By Susan Weidener, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The camaraderie among members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War has its roots in the friendships forged in battle during the Civil War. George Reed Howard, 65, and Andrew Lefko, 35, march together in the uniforms of their ancestors who fought in the war. "It was glorious to march in a duplicate of his uniform," Howard said of his great-grandfather who fought in the 141st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and was wounded twice....
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May 29, 2006 | By Joel Bewley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On a shaded slope in one of Philadelphia's most revered graveyards, a solemn ritual honoring America's fallen warriors yesterday stood in sharp contrast to the region-wide bustle of ball games, barbecues, and trips to the beach. Col. Kenneth O. McCreedy thanked the crowd of nearly 100 gathered at Laurel Hill Cemetery in East Falls for their devotion to those who died in battle. "Many of us forget to pause and remember why we celebrate this day," McCreedy said. "Some today - right now - are undoubtedly shedding their blood on our behalf.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 1987 | By John Corr, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of Philadelphia's hidden treasures is "going public" for the first time on Sunday. The GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Memorial Hall Civil War Museum and Library has existed since the 1920s as a social-fraternal club in the historic Ruan Mansion, 4278 Griscom St., in the Frankford section. But never, in all those years, has it been open on a regular basis to the general public, although individuals have been able to see its collection by appointment. All of that changes on Sunday.
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NEWS
May 12, 2013
Gettysburg also will be the topic for historians Ted Widmer, Sean Wilentz, Carla Petersen, and Adam Goodheart at 6:30 p.m. June 17 at the National Constitution Center. At the Rosenbach Museum and Library an exhibit called "Voices of 1863 - Witnesses to the Civil War" reports on the year's events through the letters and dispatches of President Lincoln, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, and others. The event extends through Jan. 5. At Laurel Hill Cemetery, a recreation of the 1868 Decoration Day service of the Grand Army of the Republic will be held at noon on May 26. Bronze markers will be dedicated at the graves of Civil War veterans.
NEWS
October 3, 2010
Old Baldy, the horse shot out from under Gen. George C. Meade at Gettysburg, was returned to the Grand Army of the Republic Museum in the city's Frankford section last Sunday - his stuffed and mounted head, at least. He was one of thousands of horses ridden into battle during the Civil War. 1. Traveller.       2. Duke.          3. Little Sorrel.       4. Jeff Davis.       5. Dixie.          6. Winchester.    7. My Maryland.
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September 27, 2010 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Old Baldy came home Sunday. And it was a fine new home, and homecoming, for the preserved head of one of the most famous horses in the land, at the Grand Army of the Republic Museum in the city's Frankford section. Old Baldy was no thoroughbred, just a handsome, brown horse with four white feet and a white blaze on his face. But he survived a Triple Crown of his own - shrapnel to the nose and flank at the First Battle of Bull Run, a shot through the neck at Antietam, and a musket ball to the belly at Gettysburg that finally ended his combat service.
NEWS
June 20, 2010 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The event 100 years ago was called a "glittering, glorious, and gratifying success. " As many as 30,000 Civil War veterans and their families converged here for the 44th annual encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic. Where the land ends and the sea begins, they constituted the largest gathering of the organization, which Civil War veterans from all over the United States formed to "keep green the memories" of the soldiers who fought in the deadliest war in American history.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2007
Nothing can match the Mutter Museum's sheer volume of bodily curiosities, but the wonderful little Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum, a block from the El tracks in Frankford, more than holds its own for the quality of its quease-factor artifacts. One display case contains both a patch of skin removed from President James Garfield's back during his autopsy, sealed in a delicate jar, and a darkened sliver of fabric that's evocatively labeled as "a fragment of Lincoln's Bloody Pillowcase.
NEWS
May 29, 2006 | By Joel Bewley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On a shaded slope in one of Philadelphia's most revered graveyards, a solemn ritual honoring America's fallen warriors yesterday stood in sharp contrast to the region-wide bustle of ball games, barbecues, and trips to the beach. Col. Kenneth O. McCreedy thanked the crowd of nearly 100 gathered at Laurel Hill Cemetery in East Falls for their devotion to those who died in battle. "Many of us forget to pause and remember why we celebrate this day," McCreedy said. "Some today - right now - are undoubtedly shedding their blood on our behalf.
NEWS
April 8, 2003 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A group of 17 area institutions is banding together to present exhibitions, public programs, books and other activities culminating in the 2011-2015 sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The Civil War History Consortium has been meeting for almost two years to map out the best way to present the region's Civil War story. James G. Mundy, director of the library and historical resources at the Union League, said the group came together to find ways to highlight the region's "pivotal role in the American Civil War. " He said the group, which will kick off its effort at a private reception at the Union League today, would seek ways to highlight the area's deep Civil War resources and resonant legacy from the era. At the moment, the group is surveying nearly 200 area institutions and collectors to determine who has what.
NEWS
December 6, 2002
Hall should be turned into Civil War museum I disagree that the Please Touch Museum would mesh well with Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park ("A pleasing proposal for Memorial Hall," Pa. Commentary Page, Nov. 27). I have another vision for utilizing that most august edifice that is the very embodiment of the mid-19th century. No other event defined the era in which Memorial Hall was erected than the Civil War. Erected only a few years after that national conflict, Memorial Hall was dedicated to the memory of all American veterans, from the Revolution up to and including the staggering losses of the Civil War, still fresh in the civic psyche.
NEWS
July 9, 2000 | By Susan Weidener, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The camaraderie among members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War has its roots in the friendships forged in battle during the Civil War. George Reed Howard, 65, and Andrew Lefko, 35, march together in the uniforms of their ancestors who fought in the war. "It was glorious to march in a duplicate of his uniform," Howard said of his great-grandfather who fought in the 141st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and was wounded twice....
NEWS
November 2, 1999 | By Robert Sanchez, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Jonathan Nutt slowly descends to a crouch, lifts his hand to a white gravestone, and wipes away the years of dirt. Flecks of stone come off on his hand. He brushes them on a pants leg. "Yep, that looks like Williams, Jacob Williams, Tenth Pennsylvania Infantry," he says, trying to get a better angle to read the weathered stone. "It's easier to read once the sun starts going down. I wish they were all that easy. " For Nutt and other members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War who gathered last week and this weekend at West Chester's Green Mount Cemetery, finding graves such as Williams' is more than a hobby.
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