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Mount Vernon in Rockcastle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)

Captain Milton M. Frazier Post 127

 

—Veterans’ Benefits —

 
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By Tom Bosse, April 12, 2017
1. Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Marker
Inscription. A Rockcastle County post of the national GAR held meetings in this building for decades until the last of the local Union veterans became too old or died. It was a national fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union’s army, navy, and marines who served in the American Civil War. Founded 1866, dissolved 1956 after its last member died. The GAR became the first truly organized advocate of veterans’ benefits. Kentucky Department of GAR organized January 12, 1883. Composed of 155 posts. Rockcastle post named for town doctor Milton M. Frazier who commanded an infantry unit and died in battle. The national organization became so powerful that it was almost impossible for a candidate for U.S. president to be nominated by Republican Party without the blessing of the national organization.

When this building was vacated by Hiatt’s 5 & 10 after beginning of 21st Century, the upstairs hall was almost as it had been left after the last meeting had been adjourned. Membership hall here shared office and meeting space with the local Masonic Lodge, send floor of the Fish & Sons Men’s Apparel Store, later became Hiatt’s 5 & 10 for generations of customers, then became Amburgey Law Office.
 
Erected by Rockcastle County History.
 
Location. 37° 

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, April 12, 2017
2. Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Marker
21.167′ N, 84° 20.317′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Kentucky, in Rockcastle County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and Church Street, on the left when traveling west on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Vernon KY 40456, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rockcastle Co. War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Boone Way (a few steps from this marker); Rockcastle County, 1810 (a few steps from this marker); Col. James Maret (1855- 1936) (a few steps from this marker); Cox Building History (within shouting distance of this marker); Fish – Hiatt Building (within shouting distance of this marker); PFC David M. Smith / Medal of Honor Winner (approx. 7.3 miles away); Sambrook Hotel (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Vernon.
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 26, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 26, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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