Roster of Posts
GAR Veterans Article
1930 G.A.R. Veterans Photo
Matthew Gray Post #93
Post, G.A.R. No. 124
M T Grattan Report, Commander GAR Post 122
Miscellaneous GAR Information
Articles from Davenport Times - 1900 GAR Encampment
Jonas Hoffhines Marker (Jonas didn't serve with an Iowa regiment but he was the last
G.A.R. member of Decatur County's post.
The Sons of Union Veterans erected a marker by his gravesite in
Leon last year. Provided by
Nelson Slaikeu/Slaiken Collection
Includes GAR Photos & Reunion pamphlets
DEPARTMENT OF IOWA GRAND ARMY OF THE
The objects to be accomplished by the Grand Army of the Republic are as follows:
1. To preserve and strengthen those kind and fraternal feelings which bind together the
soldiers, sailors and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion, and to and to
perpetuate the memory and history of the dead.
2. To assist such former comrades in arms as need help and protection, and to extend needful
aid to the widows and orphans of those who have fallen.
3. To maintain true allegiance to the United States of America, based upon a paramount
respect for and fidelity to the National Constitution and laws; to discountenance whatever tends
to weaken loyalty, incites to insurrection, treason or rebellion, or in any manner impair the
efficiency and permanency of our free institutions; and to encourage the spread of universal
liberty, equal rights and justice to all men.
Soldiers and sailors of the United States Army. Navy, or Marine Corps, who served between
April 12, 1861, and April 9, 1865, in the war for the suppression of the rebellion, and those
having been honorably discharged from there after such service, and of such State
regiments as were called into service and subject to the orders of the U.S. General officers ,
between the dates mentioned, shall be eligible to membership in the Grand Army of the Republic.
No person shall be eligible to membership who has at any time borne arms against the United
GAR POSTS IN IOWA
The following information was taken from The Detroit Tribunes
Veteran Soldiers and Sailors Hand-Book Copyright 1889.
Commander C.H. Smith- Mt. Pleasant.
Senior Vice-Commander W.D. Thayer, Jessup.
Junior Vice- Commander- R.A. Warham Mason City.
Medical Director- J. W. Tiffany, Carter Point.
Chaplain-Rev. C.O. Brown, Dubuque.
Assistant Adjutant-General- T. A. Bereman, Mt. Pleasant.
The Department of Iowa was organized Sept. 26, 1866 at Davenport, when J. B.
Locke was elected Commander. It then had 45 posts and about 350 members, it now has 408 posts
with a membership of 19,400. Encampments are held in April of each year.
Commanders of the Iowa Department of the Grand Army of the
1874 to April 1883 James C. Parrott, Albert A. Perkins, Hurlbut E. Griswold, Wm.
F. Conrad, Peter V. Carey, George B. Hogin
1883 to April 1889 John B. Cooke, Edw. G. Miller,
Wm. R. Manning, Wm. A. McHenry, James M. Tuttle, Eugene A. Consigny
1889 to May 1895 Chas. H. Smith, Mason P. Mills, Chas. L.
Davidson, John J. Steadman, Philip Schaller, George A. Newman
1895 to June 1901 James K. Thompson, Josiah Given,
Amos H. Evans, Rodney W. Tirrill, Chas F. Bailey, Madison B. Davis
1901 to June 1907 George Metzger, John Lindt, Levi B. Raymond, Robt. T. St.
John, Samuel H. Harper, Chas. A. Clark
1907 to June 1913 David J. Palmer, Jas. C. Milliman, Michael McDonald,
Henry A. Dyer, Lot Abraham, John D. Brown
1913 to June 1919 Jas. W. Willett, Byron C. Ward, John F.
Merry, John H. Mills, J.L. Farrington, Elmer J.C. Bealer
1919 to June 1924 Alex. G. Beatty, Rufus L. Chase, Jas. B.
Harsh, Leonard J. Kron, William, W. Gist, Wilbert S. Freeman
1924 to June 1928 Wm. H. Needham, Daniel B. Cowles,
Orlando S. Hartman, Frank Dagle, Eli. J. Stonebraker, Oley Nelson
1928 to June 1933 John W. Stratton, John K. Ewing, Joseph
Pratt, Watson M. Risden, John T. Lucas, Thomas J. Noll
1933 to Aug. 1935 Frank L. Quade, Louis J.
Leech, Horace B. Kelly, Jonathan C. Hanes
1922 to 1935 John Parker Risley