New York, Grand Army of the Republic Records, 1866-1931

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) consisted of veterans of the Civil War Union Army and Navy. Its first post formed in Decatur, Illinois, in 1866. By 1890, there were more than 400,000 members in over 7,000 posts across the U.S. Lobbying by the GAR helped pass extensive Civil War pension law revisions in June 1890.

GAR posts were set up on a local level, with each post enlisting veterans from a particular town, city or rural county. This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) includes images of post descriptive books from the state of New York. The books are arranged by post number. The descriptive books usually include name; age; birthplace; current residence; occupation; date of entry into service (with rank, company, and regiment); final discharge date (with rank, company, and regiment); length of service; cause of discharge; date of entrance into the GAR; transfers, honorable discharge, dismissal, or suspension from post; whether wounded in the war, and remarks.

Post records may also include circulars, notices of national encampments, war songs, order books, accounting materials, minutes, death and burial registers, and post rules.

You may use ALE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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