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Re: Black Civil War Veterans
In Response To: Black Civil War Veterans ()


Black Civil War veterans were allowed to join the Grand Army of the Republic. In fact, there were numerous Posts - some were all-Black, and a few were integrated.

I will forward your address to the instructor/advisor of the Research History Class at the Washington Court House, Ohio High School. He will forward to you, without charge, a copy of Ohio's African American Civil War Heritage: A Collection of Essays by the Research History Class..... Starting on page 26 is the essay "Grand Army of the Republic - William Anderson Post No. 244 - Washington Court House, Ohio."

Included are notes from the Post's minute book. He will also forward additional information, including a list of other all-Black GAR Posts in Ohio.


[Most of Post 244's minutes were recorded by Albert Bird. He was enlisted in Regiment 15, Company "G". As adjutant of Post 244, he wrote the minutes for the Post from 1882 to 1892. Bird held a very unique position because almost half of the Post's 53 members were illiterate. In a letter, Bird echoed the African-American role in the war. "...we have suffered to save the country, we ought to be remembered."]

NOTE: Regiment 15 was organized at Nashville, Tennessee.


Listings of Grand Army of the Republic Posts by State

Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library
4278 Griscom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124-3954

(215) 289-6484

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