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Grand Army of the Republic

Collection Summary

Repository
The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Archives.1171 Main St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
802.748.8291
Creator
Grand Army of the Republic. George Chamberlain Post No. 1 (Saint Johnsbury, Vt.)
Title
Grand Army of the Republic
Dates [inclusive]
1865-1941
Quantity
7.25 linear ft. (6 boxes)
Shelf location
For current information on the location of these materials, please contact the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Archives.
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains a reasonably complete view of the Chamberlain Post No. 1, after its resurgence in 1880. It contains governing documents, minutes, ledgers, and secret ritual and service books, which show the form and working of internal GAR meetings.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item]. Grand Army of the Republic, Vt. Dept., Chamberlain Post No. 1 records. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Archives.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections © 2002 

Access:

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Archives.

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Background Note

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a national organization of former Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois on April 6th, 1866. Because membership in the GAR was limited strictly to "veterans of the late unpleasantness" numbers naturally declined with the passage of years. The Grand Army of the Republic held its final encampment in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1949. The last GAR member, Albert Woodson died in 1956 at the age of 109.

This GAR post, the George Chamberlain Post No. 1 of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, was first founded in 1868 with 11 charter members and with Captain P.D. Blodgett as original Commander. The post is named for Lieut. Col. George Chamberlain of the 11th Vermont Regiment who died of wounds he received in battle at Charlestown, Virginia on August 21, 1864. The post reached its greatest membership of 208 members in 1889.

The last recorded meeting of the Chamberlain Post was on June 8, 1940. At that time, there appear to have been five remaining Civil War veterans in Vermont, three of whom were members of the Chamberlain Post.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains a reasonably complete view of the Chamberlain Post No. 1, after its resurgence in 1880. It contains minute, ledgers, and secret ritual and service books, which show the form and working of internal GAR meetings. Additional materials, including clippings, burial records, rosters, and photographs, provide information about Vermont Civil War veterans, especially from the Northeast Kingdom region.

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