1888 Antique Gar Encampment Convention Medal Columbus Ohio Civil War Veterans Nr
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ITEM: You are offerding on an early antique original 1988 National Encampment - Columbus Ohio Convention Representative locket style badge. Locket opens up to reveal a convention commemorative coin - created for The Grand Army of the Republic, to be worn at a conclave or meeting. Measures 2" by 1 1/2 across"
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The Grand Army of the Republic or GAR was formed in Decatur, Illinois in
1866 by Benjamin F. Stephenson. It was the largest organization of
Union veterans of the Civil War. The organization promoted comradeship
among veterans, worked to increase pensions and assist war widows and
orphans, and maintained retirement homes for old soldiers. In 1868, the
commander in chief of the GAR and Civil War General John Alexander Logan
inaugurated the observance of Memorial Day to honor fallen soldiers.
Membership in the staunchly Republican organization peaked at more than
409,000 in 1890. The last member died in 1955, and the GAR was
discontinued in 1956. The Women's Relief Corp and Ladies of the GAR were
initiated through the GAR, as well as organizations for sons and
daughters of veterans.
Following the Civil War, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was created to promote the welfare and a powerful lobby for Veteran's rights and increased benefits. In 1888, the GAR decided to meet in Columbus for one last big gathering. This would be the largest gathering of Civil War veterans since the end of the war in 1865. Over 250,000 veterans and their families would descend on Columbus in the summer of 1888. At that time Columbus had a population of around 80,000 residents. Besides working out where to house the GAR veterans, city fathers also wanted to make an impression of these visitors. An overpass was built on North High Street so the parades could pass by Union Station without being held up by train traffic. Arches were also built along North High Street. Each of these arches were lit with natural gas that made the street bright as day. When the Civil War vets left town, the citizens convinced the city that the lighted arches should stay. Columbus soon became known as Arch City.
CONDITION: In very good condition -- the graphics are sharp and overall this displays very well as seen -- great undisturbed patina with soiling and light wear
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