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RG 099 Grand Army of the Republic

The Grand Army of the Republic was created in 1866 as a national fraternal organization for Union veterans of the Civil War. Shortly thereafter Iowa chartered a State Department of the GAR. GAR records provide information on Civil War military service not only for men who served in Iowa regiments but also for Union veterans from other states who later joined a GAR post in Iowa. The following is a partial list of the GAR record in our holdings. A complete list of series is available at the Research Center in Des Moines.

Spanish-American War
Title Date Span
Reports of Deaths of United Spanish War Veterans 1898-1976
Title Date Span
Cash Book (Post Fees) 1886-1892, 1900-1929
Circulars for National Headquarters 1880-1947
Combination Post Record (Reports of Rosters, Post Officers and Credentials) 1888-1936
Correspondence c.1866-c.1950
Credential Returns for State Encampments 1883-1888
General Orders from National Headquarters 1868, 1882-1949
Journals of National Encampments 1888-1943
Journals of State Encampments 1888-1948
Membership Cards and Index c.1866-c.1950
Miscellaneous Records 1879-1950
Muster Rolls of Post Membership, 1st and 2nd Series
Official Programs, National Encampments 1885-1947
Pension Records of Claims Agent, Attorney Henry Howard, (Illinois and Iowa) 1869-1910
Pension Records of Claims Agent, Attorney John E, Beck (Washington County, Iowa)
Post Records c.1866-c.1950
Roll of Deaths of Members 1875-1909
Subject Files c.1866-c.1950
Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Title Date Span
Correspondence 1931-1950
General Orders from National Headquarters 1930-1951
General Orders from the Iowa Department 1930-1954
Journal of the 38th National Convention 1928
Membership Record Book, Tent #15, Redfield 1920-1931
Pamphlets 1940-1951
Iowa Union Ex-Prisoners of War Association
Title Date Span
Record of Prisoners of War 1881-c.1900
Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic
Title Date Span
General Orders of the Iowa Department 1925-1951
Miscellaneous Records 1896-1950
Woman's Relief Corps
Title Date Span
General Orders and Circular Letters from State Headquarters 1884-1952
Miscellaneous Records 1887-1953
Pamphlets 1887-1943
Presidential Addresses 1927-1947
Rules and Regulations, Rituals and Services 1890-1914