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The Won CauseBlack and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic$
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Barbara A. Gannon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834527

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877708_gannon

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The Won Cause

Barbara A. Gannon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on a meeting of Grand Army of the Republic Post 206 in Pittsburgh, and how similar it was to the thousands of other GAR meetings held in the villages and hamlets, small towns and large cities of nineteenth-century America. Guided by the customs and rituals of the GAR and demonstrating its allegiance to the organization's three cardinal principles—fraternity, charity, and loyalty—Post 206 met twice a month. Fraternity bound these men to other GAR units in the three-river city; comrades from these posts frequented 206's meetings. At one particularly well attended gathering, comrades from visiting posts made speeches, read poetry, and sang songs to commemorate their wartime experiences. The speakers included state and national GAR officials.

Keywords:   Grand Army of the Republic, Post 206, Pittsburgh, GAR, GAR officials, fraternity, charity, loyalty

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