Marshall in Calhoun County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Grand Army of the Republic / The G.A.R. Hall
In 1866 northern Civil War veterans organized the Grand Army of the Republic to fight for veterans' pensions and other benefits. Michigan's first chapter was formed the next year. National membership peaked in 1890 with 409,489 men, while Michigan's rolls crested in 1889 with more than 21,000 members. In its heyday, the G.A.R. was a powerful political pressure group. The society also provided food and clothing for indigent widows and orphans. The last state encampment was held in 1948.
Marshall's Civil War veterans organized a Grand Army of the Republic chapter in 1883. They built this handsome red-brick structure as their headquarters in 1902. It was named for Marshall's Corporal Calvin Colegrove, color-bearer for the Michigan First Infantry, who was killed at the first Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861. The memorial hall, built at a cost of $3,000, served C. Colegrove Post No. 166 until the late 1930s. In 1977 the Marshall Historical Society purchased it for one dollar to house its archives.
Erected 1983 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number 1051.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marshall MI 49068, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Howard F. Young / Postmasters (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Museum of Magic (approx. 0.2 miles away); Isaac E. Crary and John D. Pierce / State School System (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles T. Gorham (approx. ¼ mile away); James A. Miner (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mary Miller / Hillside (approx. 0.4 miles away); John D. Pierce Homesite (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Marshall.
Categories. • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • War, US Civil •
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