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Collection HCHS Civil War Collection
Catalog Number 2016.268.001
Object Name Belt
Description Grand Army of the Republic belt. The belt is leather with a gold faced buckle. The buckle has the letters, G, A, R, standing for "Grand Army of the Republic". Grand Army of the Republic is also engraved within a star showing a picture of a woman, two men, and two boys holding hands. The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army, US Navy, Marines and Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War. Founded in 1866 in Decatur, Illinois, it was dissolved in 1956 when its last member died. Linking men through their experience of the war, the GAR became among the first organized advocacy groups in American politics, supporting voting rights for black veterans, lobbying the US Congress to establish veterans' pensions, and supporting Republican political candidates. Its peak membership, at more than 490,000, was in 1890, a high point of Civil War commemorative ceremonies. It was succeeded by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), composed of male descendants of Union veterans.
Provenance May have been donated by the GAR Post 20 Lambertville. This cannot be confirmed because the original inventory of the donation is missing items 1-15. See "Inventory of Civil War Items in Collection of Hunterdon County Historical Society" prepared by John Kuhl in November 2000.
Subjects Belts (Clothing)
Organizations
Veterans' organizations
Veterans
Search Terms Grand Army of the Republic
Civil War