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    National Encampments for Grand Army of the Republic

    First National Encampment, Indianapolis, Ind.
    November 20, 1866
    Second National Encampment, Philadelphia, Pa.
    January 15, 1868
    Third National Encampment, Cincinnati, Ohio
    May 12-13, 1869
    Fourth National Encampment, Washington, D.C.
    May 11-12, 1870
    Fifth National Encampment, Boston, Mass.
    May 10-11, 1871
    Sixth National Encampment, Cleveland, Ohio
    May 8-9, 1872
    Seventh National Encampment, New Haven, Conn.
    May 14-15, 1873
    Eighth National Encampment, Harrisburg, Pa.
    May 13, 1874
    Ninth National Encampment, Chicago, Ill.
    May 12-13, 1875
    Tenth National Encampment, Philadelphia, Pa.
    June 30, 1876
    Eleventh National Encampment, Providence, R. I.
    June 26-27, 1877
    Twelfth National Encampment, Springfield, Mass.
    June 4, 1878
    Membership: 31,016
    Thirteenth National Encampment, Albany, N.Y.
    June 17-18, 1879
    Membership: 44,752
    Fourteenth National Encampment, Dayton, Ohio
    June 8-9, 1880
    Membership: 60,634
    Fifteenth National Encampment, Indianapolis, Ind.
    June 15-16, 1881
    Membership: 85,856
    Sixteenth National Encampment, Baltimore, Md.
    June 21-23, 1882
    Membership: 134,701
    Seventeenth National Encampment, Denver, Colo.
    June 25-26, 1883
    Eighteenth National Encampment, Minneapolis, Minn.
    June 23-25, 1884
    Nineteenth National Encampment, Portland, Maine
    June 24-25, 1885
    Membership: 294,787
    Twentieth National Encampment, San Francisco, Calif.
    August 4-6, 1886
    Membership: 323,571
    Twenty-first National Encampment, St. Louis, Mo.
    September 28-30, 1887
    Membership, 355,916
    Twenty-second National Encampment, Columbus, Ohio
    September 12-14, 1888
    Membership: 372,960
    Twenty-third National Encampment, Milwaukee, Wis.
    August 28-30, 1889
    Membership: 397,974
    Twenty-fourth National Encampment, Boston, Mass.
    August 13-14, 1890
    Membership: 409,489
    Twenty-fifth National Encampment, Detroit, Mich.
    August 5-7, 1891
    Membership: 407,781
    Twenty-sixth National Encampment, Washington, D.C.
    September 21-22, 1892
    Membership: 399,880
    Twenty-seventh National Encampment, Indianapolis, Ind.
    September 6-7, 1893
    Membership: 397,223
    Twenty-eighth National Encampment, Pittsburgh, Pa.
    September 12-13, 1894
    Membership: 396,083
    Twenty-ninth National Encampment, Louisville, Ky.
    September 11-13, 1895
    Membership: 357,639
    Thirtieth National Encampment, St. Paul, Minn.
    September 3-4, 1896
    Membership: 340,610
    Thirty-first National Encampment, Buffalo, N. Y.
    August 25-27, 1897
    Membership: 319,456
    Thirty-second National Encampment, Cincinnati, Ohio
    September 5-6, 1898
    Membership: 305,603
    Thirty-third National Encampment, Philadelphia, Pa.
    September 6-7, 1899
    Membership: 287,918
    Thirty-fourth National Encampment, Chicago, Ill.
    August 29-30, 1900
    Membership: 276,612
    Thirty-fifth National Encampment, Cleveland, Ohio
    September 12-13, 1901
    Membership: 269,507
    Thirty-sixth National Encampment, Washington, D.C.
    October 9-10, 1902
    Membership: 263,745
    Thirty-seventh National Encampment, San Francisco, Calif.
    August 20-21, 1903
    Membership: 256,510
    Thirty-eighth National Encampment, Boston, Mass.
    August 17-18, 1904
    Membership: 247,340
    Thirty-ninth National Encampment, Denver, Colo.
    September 7-8, 1905
    Membership: 232,455
    Fortieth National Encampment, Minneapolis, Minn.
    August 16-17, 1906
    Membership:235,823
    Forty-first National Encampment, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
    September 12-13, 1907
    Membership: 229,932
    Forty-second National Encampment, Toledo, Ohio
    September 3-4, 1908
    Membership: 225,157
    Forty-third National Encampment, Salt Lake City, Utah
    August 12-13, 1909
    Membership: 220,600
    Forty-fourth National Encampment, Atlantic City, N. J.
    September 22-23, 1910
    Membership: 213,901
    Forty-fifth National Encampment, Rochester, N. Y.
    August 24-25, 1911
    Membership: 203,410
    Forty-sixth National Encampment, Los Angeles, Calif.
    September 9-14, 1912
    Membership: 191,346
    Forty-seventh National Encampment, Chattanooga, Tenn.
    September 18-19, 1913
    Membership: 180,227
    Forty-eighth National Encampment, Detroit, Mich.
    September 3-4, 1914
    Membership: 171,335
    Forty-ninth National Encampment, Washington, D. C.
    September 30-October 1, 1915
    Membership: 159,853
    Fiftieth National Encampment, Kansas City, Mo.
    August 28-September 2, 1916
    Membership: 140,074
    Fifty-first National Encampment, Boston, Mass.
    August 20-25, 1917
    Membership: 135,931
    Fifty-second National Encampment, Portland, Oreg.
    August 18-24, 1918
    Membership: 120,916
    Fifty-third National Encampment, Colombus, Ohio
    September 7-13, 1919
    Membership: 110,357
    Fifty-fourth National Encampment, Indianapolis, Ind.
    September 19-25, 1920
    Membership: 103,258
    Fifty-fifth National Encampment, Indianapolis, Ind.
    September 25-29, 1921
    Membership: 93,171
    Fifty-sixth National Encampment, Des Moines, Iowa
    September 24-29, 1922
    Membership: 85,621
    Fifty-seventh National Encampment, Milwaukee, Wis.
    September 2-8, 1923
    Membership: 76,126
    Fifty-eighth National Encampment, Boston, Mass.
    August 10-15, 1924
    Membership: 65,382
    Fifty-ninth National Encampment, Grand Rapids, Mich.
    August 30 to September 5, 1925
    Membership: 55,817
    Sixtieth National Encampment, Des Moines, Iowa
    September 19-25, 1926
    Membership: 47,179
    Sixty-first National Encampment, Grand Rapids, Mich.
    September 11-16, 1927
    Membership: 38,801
    Sixty-second National Encampment, Denver, Colo.
    September 16-21, 1928
    Membership: 32,614
    Sixty-third National Encampment, Portland, Maine
    September 8-13, 1929
    Membership: 26,219
    Sixty-fourth National Encampment, Cincinnati, Ohio
    August 24-28, 1930
    Membership: 21,080
    Sixty-fifth National Encampment, Des Moines, Iowa
    September 13-18, 1931
    Membership: 16,587
    Sixty-sixth National Encampment, Springfield, Ill.
    September 18-24, 1932
    Membership: 13,066
    Sixty-seventh National Encampment, St. Paul, Minn.
    September 17-22, 1933
    Membership: 10,138
    Sixty-eighth National Encampment, Rochester, N. Y.
    August 12-18, 1934
    Membership:7,807
    Sixty-ninth National Encampment, Grand Rapids, Mich.
    September 8-14, 1935
    Membership: 6,244
    Seventieth National Encampment, Washington, D.C.
    September 20-26, 1936
    Membership: 4,391
    Seventy-first National Encampment, Madison, Wis.
    September 5-10, 1937
    Membership: 3,325
    Seventy-second National Encampment, Des Moines, Iowa
    September 4-9, 1935
    Membership: 2,443
    Seventy-third National Encampment, Pittsburgh, Pa.
    August 27 to September 1, 1939
    Membership: 1,701
    Seventy-fourth National Encampment, Springfield, Ill.
    September 8-13, 1940
    Membership: 1,039
    Seventy-fifth National Encampment, Columbus, Ohio
    September 14-19, 1941
    Membership: 763
    Seventy-sixth National Encampment, Indianapolis, Ind.
    September 13-18, 1942
    Membership: 518
    Seventy-seventh National Encampment, Milwaukee, Wis.
    September 19-24, 1943
    Membership: 393
    Seventy-eighth National Encampment, Des Moines, Iowa
    September 10-15
    Membership: 249
    Seventy-ninth National Encampment, Columbus, Ohio
    September 30 to October 4, 1945
    Membership: 163
    Eigthtieth National Encampment, Indianapolis, Ind.
    August 25-30, 1946
    Membership: 103
    Eighty-first National Encampment, Cleveland, Ohio
    August 10-14, 1947
    Membership: 66
    Eighty-second National Encampment, Grand Rapids, Mich.
    September 28-30, 1948
    Membership: 28
    Eighty-third National Encampment, Indianapolis, Ind.
    August 28 to September 1, 1949
    Membership: 16
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    Re: National Encampments for Grand Army of the Republic

    Gypsy...Could you shed a little more light on this for me.I see alot of Wash D.C.'s....Thank's!

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    Re: National Encampments for Grand Army of the Republic



    This is the list of Encampments from the Library of Congress.
    Information concerning specific national encampments can be found in the Journal of the National Encampment........ (LC call number: E462.1.A17) for the year the encampment was held.......
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    Re: National Encampments for Grand Army of the Republic

    Does that mean that the last encampment they held was 1949--is that like the last meeting of the survivors of that organization?




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    Re: National Encampments for Grand Army of the Republic


    The final Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic was held in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1949 and the last member, Albert Woolson died in 1956 at the age of 109 years.





    In 1940, the Grand Army of Michigan encampment consisted of six veterans who refused to vote the Army out of service and went on to elect a new commander, pledging to carry on to the last man. The members were Augustus Chappell, 96, Albert C. Easterbrook, 92, Eugene Owens, 92, Martin J. Warner, 93, Orlando LeValley, 93, and David Plumadore, 95. During a parade of veterans of three wars, the six left the cars they had been riding in and walked in a faltering line of blue for the last block.

    LeValley was the last native-born Michigan survivor of the GAR. He died in 1948 at age 99. He was born in 1848 in Lapeer County, tried unsuccessfully to enlist at the beginning of the war in 1861 at age 13, and finally got in at 16. He fought under Thomas against Hood at Johnsonville, Tenn. He died on the 80-acre farm he settled in 1876.

    In 1951, the last Grand Army member in Michigan, Joseph Clovese, died at 107. Clovese was born a slave, one of a family of 15. He ran away and joined the Union Army and served with the 63rd Negro Infantry, taking part in the siege of Vicksburg. He came to Pontiac in 1948 from New Orleans to live with a niece.
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    As the ranks of the army grew thinner, their partisanship declined as well. In 1938, on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, almost 2,000 veterans from both North and South returned to the battlefield and shook hands across the memories of the dead.

    In 1956 the very last soldier of the Grand Army of the Republic, Albert Woolson, died at the age of 109 in Duluth, Minnesota, and with him died the last ember of a thousand camp watchfires.

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    from The New York Times, August 2, 1956:

    Last Union Army Veteran Dies;
    Drummer at 17, He Lived to 109

    Albert Woolson of Duluth
    Also Was Sole Survivor of
    Grand Army of Republic

    DULUTH, Minn., Aug. 2---Al-
    bert Woolson, the last member
    of the Civil War's Union Army,
    died today at the age of 109.
    Mr. Woolson, who answered
    President Lincoln's call to arms
    and marched off to war as a
    drummer boy when he was 17,
    had been hospitalized for nine
    weeks with a recurring lung con-
    gestion condition. He lapsed into
    a coma early Saturday and did
    not regain consciousness. Since
    then, he had been fed intrave-
    nously and received oxygen
    through a nasal tube.
    Members of his family were at
    his bedside when he died in St.
    Luke's Hospital.
    Full-scale military funeral
    services will be conducted at the
    National Guard Armory here
    Monday at 2 P.M. Burial will be
    in the family lot at Park Hill
    Cemetery here.
    Only three veterans of the
    Civil War, all members of the
    Confederate forces, survive. They
    are Walter W. Williams, 113, of
    Franklin, Tex.; John Salling,
    110, of Slant, Va.; and William
    A. Lundy, 108, of Laurel Hill,
    Fla. Informed of Mr. Woolson's
    death, Mr. Lundy said "I regret
    very much the passing of Mr.
    Woolson."
    Mr. Woolson's last comrade of
    the Union Army, James A. Hard
    of Rochester, N.Y., died in 1953
    at the age of 111.
    In Washington, President Eis-
    enhower said today the death of
    Mr. Woolson "brings sorrow to
    the hearts" of Americans. The
    President said:
    "The American people have
    lost the last personal link with
    the Union Army.
    "His passing brings sorrow to
    the hearts of all of us who cher-
    ished the memory of the brave
    men on both sides of the War
    Between the States."
    With Mr. Woolson's death, only
    the Confederate veterans will get
    a medal being prepared for the
    last survivors of the Civil War
    unless the law is changed or
    broadly interpreted. Last month
    Congress passed a law directing
    the Secretary of the Treasury to
    prepare gold medals with suit-
    able inscriptions honoring the re-
    maining veterans of the North
    and South.
    Representative John A. Blatnik,
    Democrat of Minnesota, pushed
    for a quick award of the decora-
    tion to Mr. Woolson when the
    old soldier became critically ill.
    But Mr. Blatnik's office said to-
    day the Treasury would be un-
    able to get the medal finished
    before Oct. 1. There is no definite
    provision in the law for a post-
    humous award.
    Mr. Woolson married Sarah
    Jane Sloper in 1868. She died
    in 1901. Three years later he
    married Anna Haugen, who died
    in 1948. Survivors include six
    daughters, Mrs. John Kobus,
    Mrs. Arthur Johnson and Mrs.
    Robert Campbell, all of Duluth;
    Mrs. Adelaid Wellcome, Mrs. F.
    W. Rye and Mrs. J.C. Barrett,
    all of Seattle, and two sons,
    Dr. A.H. Woolson of Spokane,
    Wash., and R.C. Woolson of
    Dayton, Wash.
    The Kobus family had lived
    with Mr. Woolson for several
    years. Mrs. Kobus said late to-
    day that instead of floral me-
    morials the family preferred con-
    tributions to the Albert Woolson
    Scholarship Fund at the Duluth
    Branch of the University of Min-
    nesota.
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    Outlasted 2,200,000
    Mr. Woolson was the sole offi-
    cially listed survivor of the
    more than 2,200,000 men of the
    Union armed forces. He also was
    the last survivor of the Grand
    Army of the Republic, an organi-
    zation of Union veterans that
    exerted wide influence in Amer-
    ican politics for many years
    after the Civil War.
    Mr. Woolson's great age car-
    ried him into what was virtually
    another world of warfare as well
    as of politics. As a boy, he could
    have spoken with venerable men
    who had fought in the Revolu-
    tionary War. Veterans of the
    War of 1812 were numerous in
    his youth. When the war in
    which he served began in 1861,
    the commanding general of the
    Army was Winfield Scott, a
    hero of the War of 1812.
    The War with Mexico started
    in 1846, the year before Mr.
    Woolson was born. Last year,
    when he was 108, several de-
    pendents of veterans of that con-
    flict still were receiving Govern-
    ment benefits.
    This year, Mr. Woolson could
    include himself among the more
    than 19,000,000 living persons
    who had served in the United
    States armed forces. Of these,
    as of May 2, 2,715.896 were
    receiving cash compensation or
    pension payments from the Gov-
    ernment. This included some but
    not all of the 826,657 former
    members of the armed forces
    receiving education benefits.
    Mr. Woolson, who had been
    a bugler-drummer rather than a
    rifleman, might have been ex-
    cused if, in his later years, he
    had only a passing interest in
    the progress made in the art of
    war between the period of his
    Civil War service and the middle
    of the twentieth century. In 1865
    the most expert rifleman could
    kill no more than two or
    three persons in a minute. In
    1945, when Mr. Woolson was in
    his noneties, an estimated total
    of 100,000 persons were killed
    by atomic bombs.

    Civil War Still a Live Topic

    In 1956, ninety-one years after
    Appomattox, popular interest in
    the war in which Mr. Woolson
    had fought showed few signs of
    diminishing. Biographical studies
    of Civil War figures from Lin-
    coln down to generals such as
    "Fighting Joe" Hooker were in
    bookstores, and a dramatic read-
    ing of Stephen Vincent Benet's
    "John Brown's Body" had been
    presented successfully on Broad-
    way within a year or two.
    Mr. Woolson fought in no Civil
    War battles, although he
    drummed to their graves many
    who had. When he was 106 he
    remembered it all pretty well.
    He recalled himself as a drum-
    mer boy of 17 in a rakish blue
    forage cap in the precise line of
    drummers who beat out the res-
    onant slow step on muffled
    drums or, again, thudded the
    quick step--most likely "The
    Girl I Left Behind Me."
    "We went along with a bury-
    ing detail," he said. "Going out
    we played proper sad music, but
    coming back we kinda hit it up.
    Once a woman came onto the
    road and asked what kind of
    music that was to bury some-
    body, I told her that we had
    taken care of the dead and
    that now we were cheering up the
    living."
    Mr. Woolson was born in
    the New York farm hamlet of
    Antwerp, twenty-two miles
    northeast of Watertown, on Feb.
    11, 1847, the same day Thomas
    Alva Edison, the inventor, was
    born. James K. Polk, the dark
    horse Democrat, was in the
    White House and the issues that
    were to bring about the Civil
    War were being drawn into
    focus.
    Willard Woolson, his fath-
    er, was a carpenter in Water-
    town and apprenticed his son to
    this trade. The senior Woolson
    had, however, a second vocation.
    He was a musician in the band
    of a traveling circus. When Pres-
    ident Lincoln called for 75,000
    volunteers in 1861, the father
    and his fellow musicians enlisted
    as a body.

    Traced Father to Minnesota

    When his family did not hear
    from him for more than a year
    they traced him through Army
    records to a hospital in Minne-
    sota. The younger Woolson and
    his mother undertook the diffi-
    cult journey by Great Lakes
    boat and stage coach to Win-
    dom, where they found the fath-
    er suffering from a leg wound
    received at the battle of Shiloh.
    Shortly after the family was re-
    united his leg had to be ampu-
    tated and he died.
    Mr. Woolson and his mother re-
    mained in Windom and the boy
    went to work as a carpenter.
    But it was wartime. The sound
    of drum and bugle was in the
    air and it was agony for a spir-
    ited boy--mostly especially one in
    the drummer-bugler tradition--
    not to be in uniform.
    Minnesota's manpower was
    stretched thin to furnish its
    quota for the Union forces and
    at the same time to hold back
    the Sioux Indians, who went off
    the reservation in 1863. Mr.
    Woolson recalled the day he left
    for the Army he had seen thirty-
    eight Sioux hanged in Mankota.
    In the South, the war was
    dragging out its course. It had
    been a war of maneuver and
    field entrenchment, but by 1864
    the Confederates were beginning
    to dig in to save manpower and
    the Union needed heavy artil-
    lery. Col. William Colville or-
    ganized a Minnesota heavy ar-
    tillery regiment of 1,800 men.
    Mr. Woolson got his mother's
    consent and was accepted into
    Company C, First Minnesota
    Volunteer Heavy Artillery. His
    military service dated from Oct.
    10, 1864.
    Enlisted as a rifleman, he
    wanted to be assigned as drum-
    mer and bugler, but Company C
    already had its quota of one field
    musician.
    "I got the job by knocking
    his block off," Mr. Woolson re-
    called many years later.
    Late in 1864, the regiment
    joined the Army of the Cumber-
    land in Tennessee. It was com-
    manded by Maj. Gen. George H.
    Thomas, known to history as
    "The Rock of Chickamauga,"
    but more familiarly to his men
    as "Pap."

    Recalled Firing Cannon

    Minnesota's ponderous cannon
    and their north-country canno-
    neers waited hopefully at Fort
    Oglethorpe to be called into ac-
    tion, but the call never came.
    Mr. Woolson got to fire a
    cannon, though. It was the out-
    standing recollection of his Civil
    War service.
    The bored gunners of the First
    Minnesota Heavy Artillery pre-
    pared to fire one of their pieces
    just to hear the noise. Mr. Wool-
    son recalled it thus:
    "The colonel handed me the
    end of a rope and said: 'When I
    yell you stand on your toes, open
    your mouth wide, give a yell
    yourself and pull the rope.' I
    yanked the lanyard and the can-
    non went off and scared me half
    to death."
    The First Minnesota sat out
    the spring and early summer of
    1865 in the shadow of Lookout
    Mountain, near Chattanooga, and
    in August the regiment was or-
    dered home. Mr. Woolson re-
    ceived his discharge on Sept. 7,
    1865. He again practiced car-
    pentry.
    Veterans of both the Union and
    Confederate armies were return-
    ing to their homes or perhaps
    seeking new homes in the West.
    He was but one of thousands re-
    turning to civilian life and, in
    the case of Union veterans,
    an organization was soon formed
    that was to make the former
    wearers of the blue the most po-
    tent force in their country's pol-
    itics for the next twenty years.
    This organization was the
    Grand Army of the Republic, of
    which Mr. Woolson became the
    last member in 1953. He had
    been named senior vice com-
    mander in chief in 1950. The first
    G.A.R. post was formed at
    Decatur, Ill., in April, 1866.
    Mr. Woolson was still in his
    'teens when the G.A.R. was
    founded, and it is probable that,
    in common with most of the
    younger veterans, he did not join
    it for many years. The G.A.R.
    had a tinge of the secret society
    popular in the day. There was
    an oath and a ritual, and the or-
    ganization was ostensibly free
    from politics and dedicated to
    good works. In a few years, how-
    ever, it became one of the prin-
    cipal instruments for keeping the
    Republican party in power and
    for obtaing pensions and Gov-
    ernment job preferences for Union
    veterans.
    The G.A.R., as Mr. Woolson
    first knew it, was dominated by
    such figures as Maj. Gen. John
    A. Logan, a swarthy Illinois poli-
    tician nicknamed "Black Jack."
    A gallant and successful general
    and a thundering orator with a
    black mane, he never failed to re-
    mind his hearers that while "not
    all Democrats were rebels, all
    rebels had been Democrats."
    Mr. Woolson was a member of
    the G.A.R. in 1890, when it
    reached its peak of membership of
    408,489. Its political influence
    had declined in the Eighties, al-
    though it was a force to be
    reckoned with until the turn of
    the century.
    Mr. Woolson did not receive a
    pension until 1900. Immediately
    after the Civil War, pensions
    were limited to men who had
    suffered physical disability, but
    in time they were extended to
    all with recognized Civil War
    service with the Union forces.
    Unsuccessful attempts were
    made from time to time to ob-
    tain Federal payments for Con-
    federate veterans. In the South
    the states paid small pensions
    to their Civil War veterans.
    At his death, Mr. Woolson
    was receiving a pension of $135
    a month. He was then getting
    no other benefits, but was
    entitled to hospitalization and
    out-patient care.
    In May, records showed
    that 5,784 widows and children
    of Union veterans were receiv-
    ing pensions or payments under
    special acts of Congress.

    Formed Drum Corps

    Mr. Woolson and Robert
    Rhodes, an old friend who had
    been bandmaster of the Second
    Minnesota Volunteer Infantry,
    formed a drum and bugle corps
    in 1867. Mr. Woolson beat his old
    Civil War drum.
    "We played fine lively music,"
    he said. "Nothing sad."
    With the passing of years, the
    G.A.R.'s, as they came to be
    called, became older men and fi-
    nally old men. Their fellow coun-
    trymen seemed to recall them
    only on Memorial Day, which
    their organization had helped to
    establish. The National Encamp-
    ments of the G.A.R., lively and
    often more or less rowdy affairs
    in the early days, became quiet
    get-togethers.
    Mr. Woolson and his comrades
    wore the blue uniform coat and
    slouch hat of the G.A.R. and
    marched in the Memorial Day
    parades as long as they could.
    Finally they became very old
    men sitting quietly in the sun.
    There were other veterans of
    later wars to tell of the deeds
    they had done.
    Mr. Woolson was one of six
    Union veterans attending the
    last National Encampment of
    the G.A.R. in Indianapolis in
    August, 1949. Here these last
    survivors of the organization
    voted to disband it.
    With Mr. Woolson's death the
    Grand Army of the Republic
    passed out of existence. Its
    records will be turned over to the
    Congressional Library in Wash-
    ington, and its flags, badges and
    official seal to the Smithsonian
    Institution.
    In the Nineties, Mr. Woolson
    moved to Duluth and it was
    there that he discovered he had
    a knack for storytelling to sup-
    plement his brisk bugle and
    drum. He would drop into a near-
    by school, tell a couple of fanci-
    ful tales, give a little lecture on
    thrift and pass out a few bright,
    new pennies.
    In 1952 the children of Du-
    luth's schools turned the tables
    on him. They collected 27,652
    pennies and commissioned an oil
    portrait of Mr. Woolson that
    was hung in the City Council
    chamber.
    The aged veteran liked to say
    that he was born a Republican.
    He voted for President Lincoln
    when he was 17 under a special
    dispensation that gave the ballot
    to soldiers. He admitted he
    voted for the Democratic ticket
    once. That was for Franklin D.
    Roosevelt in his first bid for the
    Presidency. Mr. Woolson did not
    retire until 1930.
    In his later years, Mr. Wool-
    son liked to recite poetry and his
    favorite poem was "After the
    Battle, Mother." And it is un-
    likely that his school children
    friends for several generations
    let him forget that great senti-
    mental poem of the post-Civil
    War period, "The Blue and the
    Gray," by Frances Niles Finch.
    It ends:
    "Under the sod and dew,
    waiting the judgment day,
    Love and tears for the Blue,
    Tears and love for the Gray."



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