What is the Women’s Relief Corps?

Introduction The Woman’s Relief Corps (WRC) is a charitable organisation in the United States, originally founded as the official women’s auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in 1883. The organisation was designed to assist the GAR and provide post-war relief to Union veterans. The GAR had been created as a “fraternal” organisation… Read More


What was the United Confederate Veterans?

Introduction The United Confederate Veterans (UCV, or simply Confederate Veterans) was an American Civil War veterans’ organisation headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was organised on 10 June 1889, by ex-soldiers and sailors of the Confederate States as a merger between the Louisiana Division of the Veteran Confederate States Cavalry Association; N.B. Forrest Camp of… Read More

What is the Sons of Unions Veterans of the Civil War?

Introduction Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is an American congressionally chartered fraternal organization that carries out activities to preserve the history and legacy of the United States Armed Forces veterans who fought during the American Civil War. It is the legal successor to the Grand Army of the Republic, the large… Read More

What was the Grand Army of the Republic?

Introduction The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organisation composed of veterans of the Union Army (United States Army), Union Navy (US Navy), and the Marines who served in the American Civil War. It was founded in 1866 in Springfield, Illinois, and grew to include hundreds of “posts” (local community units) across… Read More