Membership in the Grand Army of the Republic was limited to those men (and a few women) who served in the Union Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Revenue Cutter Service during the Civil War. Therefore, it was destined to eventually go out of business and in 1956 with the death of its last member, Albert Woolson, the charter was vacated.


There were no continuing national or state GAR organizations, other than the annual encampments, and therefore the great majority of the records were maintained by the local Posts. When the last member of each Post died, the records were treated as personal property and most were destroyed by disinterested executors. Those records which did survive were often given to local, state and national archives, historical societies or colleges or inherited through default by later veterans’ organizations such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Some still exist in private collections and still others remain stored-unknown-in attics.


Nationally more than 8600 community level Posts of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) have been documented to date and the current effort of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is to locate the records of those Posts and make their repositories known. Should you know the location of any Ohio GAR Post records, please contact the Ohio Department GAR Records Officer at [email protected]. Your report should contain the Name, Number and Location of the Post along with the Complete Name and Address of the Repository where records of that Post reside.


We have posted the Ohio GAR Post listings in 2 different formats: