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The G.A.R. Memorial Plot

 
 
The G.A.R Memorial Plot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 30, 2006
1. The G.A.R Memorial Plot Marker
The text on the left side describes the monument and its history. The text on the right is the history of the G.A.R.
Inscription.
Sacramento City Cemetery
The GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC Memorial Plot was originally located in the New Helvetia Cemetery at the corner of 31st and J Streets, a plot donated to the Sumner Post No.3 by the owner and proprietor John Wesley Reeves. It was duly dedicated in 1865. Upon the death of Reeves in 1867, and the Cityís acquisition of the New Helvetia facility, a plot of more appreciable size was offered to the G.A.R. in City Cemetery in exchange. The remains of Civil War veterans buried at New Helvetia were removed and re-interred here. The plot was subsequently walled with granite coping in anticipation of a suitable monument, but lacking adequate funds at the time, the project was set aside. It was not until 1888 that the G.A.R monument issue was revived and plans again submitted to the City Council for approval. Still inadequate finances plagued the completion of this project. It wasnít until the GRAND ARMY MEMORIAL FUND was established and support promised by the Memorial Day Committee that the monument was assured, and not until unexpected support from the Grand Memorial Fund was received that the Memorial to Civil War Veterans became a reality.

On the north side of the monument there is a portrait medallion of General Ulysses S. Grant, and on the south side a Grand Army Badge with five outstanding
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By Syd Whittle, May 30, 2006
2. The G.A.R Monument
figures including: the soldier – representing fraternity, the boy – youth and strength of the future life of our nation, the woman – motherhood, mercy, kindness and extended charity, the child – hope of the world and loyalty to our nation with freedom and justice for future generations.

The monument base is of California granite. The soldier is 6 feet 10 ½ inches high and is cast in bronze. The monument was unveiled September 9, 1889, as N.Green Curtis read Lincolnís Gettysburg Address.

The Grand Army of the Republic
The GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC was a fraternal, charitable, and patriotic organization comprised exclusively of veterans of the Civil War who served in the Union Army, Navy, or Marine Corps during the period April 12, 1861 to April 9, 1865. It was founded in Springfield, Illinois, April 16, 1866 by Major Benjamin F. Stephenson, ex-surgeon of the 14th Illinois Infantry. It was organized primarily to perpetuate the memory of fallen comrades, to provide care for surviving widows and orphans, to cultivate devotion to the Union, and to establish burial sites as a final resting place for its veterans members. The G.A.R. also established Old Soldiers Homes and instituted the observance of Memorial Day as a day to decorate Civil War veterans graves.

The National organization of the G.A.R. reached a
Close-Up of Sculpture on Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 13, 2008
3. Close-Up of Sculpture on Monument
Soldier is Facing West
membership peak in 1890 of [400,487]. By 1930 its rolls had dwindled to 21,000 and by 19[50] only a few survivors remained. The GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC held its final encampment August 29, 1949 at which time 16 centenarians were honored. On March 12, 1953, James Albert Hard passed away at the age of 111 years, 8 months, thus laying to rest the last combat soldier of the Union Army.

The Sacramento Chapter of the G.A.R., Sumner Post No. 3, was organized May 26, 1867, and at one time recorded a membership of one hundred and twenty-two veterans. By 1880 its rolls had already been reduced to forty.
 
Erected by Sacramento City Cemetery.
 
Location. 38° 33.75′ N, 121° 29.972′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Broadway. Touch for map. Marker and site are located at the Sacramento City Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Broadway, Sacramento CA 95818, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Duncombe, M.D. (1787 – 1862) (within shouting distance of this marker); John Bigler (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles A. “Charlie” King (within shouting distance
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By Syd Whittle, October 13, 2008
4. The G.A.R Monument
Southside of Monument
of this marker); Sacramento Turn Verein (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Masonic Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edmonds Field (about 300 feet away); Luella Buckminster-Johnston (about 300 feet away); The Firemanís Plot (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Also see . . .
1. A Wikipedia Article on The Grand Army of the Republic. (Submitted on October 12, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. G.A.R. – Department of California and Nevada. (Submitted on October 12, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. The Grand Army of the Republic. By John E. Gillman, Commander-In-Chief, Grand Army of the Republic, 1910 (Submitted on January 6, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Grand Army of the Republic Plot
This site was dedicated in 1889, and the monument is reputed to have been the first Civil War memorial in the State of California
   
The G.A.R. Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 13, 2008
5. The G.A.R. Monument
Eastern Side (Back) of Monument
— Submitted October 12, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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The G.A.R Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 30, 2006
6. The G.A.R Monument
Ulysses S. Grant, as described on the marker
Northside of Monument
The G.A.R Memorial Plot image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 30, 2006
7. The G.A.R Memorial Plot
 
 
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