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Modesto in Stanislaus County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Grand Army of the Republic

 
 
Grand Army of the Republic Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 29, 2009
1. Grand Army of the Republic Marker
Inscription.
Grant Post #9
Modesto, California
1879 – 1938
GAR
This plot was dedicated to the GAR members of Grant Post #9 who fought for the Union during the Civil War of 1861-1865. The post was chartered in 1879 with ten members and grew to several hundred. The remains of 36 of these veterans are buried here.
In 1907 Col. James Thompson and James Needham obtained two cannons from the U.S. Government Armory at Benicia. The twenty-four pounder coastal guns were cast in 1844 at the West Point Foundry of New York and shipped to California during the Civil War.
The cannons were placed here and dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30, 1907. In 1924 American Legion Post #74 replaced the original wooden cenotaph with the present day obelisk.
The cannons, obelisk, and grounds have been restored by the Stanislaus Civil War Association and with great pride are rededicated to honor and remember all veterans.
Fraternity *** Charity *** Loyalty
Memorial Day, May 30, 2007
Estanislao Historical Foundation
E Clampus Vitus

 
Erected 2007 by Estanislao Historical Foundation, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location.
Grand Army of the Republic Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 29, 2009
2. Grand Army of the Republic Monument
37° 38.879′ N, 120° 58.925′ W. Marker is in Modesto, California, in Stanislaus County. Marker can be reached from Scenic Drive. Click for map. Marker and Memorial Plot are located at the Modesto Pioneer Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 905 Scenic Drive, Modesto CA 95350, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Modesto Pioneer Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew McGinnes (within shouting distance of this marker); Silent City (within shouting distance of this marker); The McHenry Mansion (approx. mile away); The Paper Boy (approx. 0.8 miles away); Modesto – Stanislaus County Seat (approx. one mile away); The Guns Are Silent (approx. one mile away); Modesto War Memorial (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Modesto.
 
Also see . . .  The Grand Army of the Republic. A patriotic society of Union Army veterans founded in 1866 to strengthen the fraternal spirit, to perpetuate the memory, and to assist needy Civil War veterans and their families. In Modesto, Grand Post #9, GAR, received its charter on July 9, 1879, and proud members later marched in parades, arranged military funerals, and honored veterans with a permanent memorial located in the local cemetery. (Submitted on May 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil
 
Grand Army of the Republic Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 29, 2009
3. Grand Army of the Republic Monument
Looking North
The marker can be seen at the base of the flag pole. Cannon "No.5" is on the north end and cannon "No.6" is on the south end of the GAR memorial plot.
The Obelisk Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 29, 2009
4. The Obelisk
Marker at Base of Obelisk Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 29, 2009
5. Marker at Base of Obelisk
In Memoriam
to
Grant Post 9
by
Modesto Post 74
American Legion
Erected MCMXXV
A.D.
"No. 5" Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 29, 2009
6. "No. 5"
No.5 Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 28, 2009
7. No.5
No.6 Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 28, 2009
8. No.6
No.6 Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 28, 2009
9. No.6
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,173 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on May 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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