Founded in Decatur: An Overview of the Grand Army of the Republic

With Museum Director and Oglesby Mansion board president Nathan Pierce

March 22, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
at the Oglesby Mansion

The G.A.R. was founded in Decatur, IL on April 6, 1866. Macon County Museum director and Oglesby Mansion board president Nathan Pierce will give an overview of the history of the G.A.R., its importance in assisting Civil War veterans, longevity as an organization, as well as its founding in Decatur. Each community organization was called a “post” and numbered consecutively with Decatur designated as Post Number 1. Also covered will be G.A.R. auxiliary organizations such as the Ladies G.A.R. (LOAR), and Sons of the Union Veterans who carried on the legacy of the G.A.R. The program will feature a Power Point presentation and artifacts on display.