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Grand Army of the Republic, Seth F. Plumb Post No. 80 records


Identifier: 1918-39-0

Scope and Contents

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), Seth F. Plumb Post No. 80 records document the Litchfield, Conn., post, which was active from 1886 to 1918. The collection consists of circular letters, minutes, receipts, correspondence, adjutant's reports, membership applications, constitution and by-laws, and ephemera. Includes 1891-1892 receipt book with stubs for dues paid, etc. by members name and amount paid. Minute book Jan 1, 1887 to Jan 1, 1893 and Minute book Jan 1, 1893 to Aug 1918 are housed in 3A Box 20.


  • created: 1886-1918
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/08/1918


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The collection is open for research.

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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Grand Army of the Republic was established in 1866 and held its first national meeting that same year. Its membership consisted of Union veterans of the Civil War. The G.A.R. was concerned with veteran benefits and was actively involved in establishing soldiers’ homes, making provisions for soldiers’ graves, and lobbying for pension benefits. Membership in the organization reached its highest point in 1890, when its numbers exceeded 400,000. In 1949, with almost all its members deceased, the G.A.R. decided to disband as an organization after its last member died, which occurred in 1956. The G.A.R. was organized into departments, each one usually representing a state or region, with the departments divided locally into posts. The Litchfield post was organized in June 1886 and named for Lt. Seth F. Plumb, Co. E, 8th Regiment, Conn. Vols., who was killed at Fort Harrison, Va., on Sep 29, 1864. In 1918, the records of the post were turned over to the Litchfield Historical Society. The post had practically disbanded at this time, although the few remaining members continued to attend Memorial Day services. The last member of the post, Lucius D. Leonard, died in 1922.

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Grand Army of the Republic, Seth F. Plumb Post No. 80 records
Leith Johnson
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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

7 South Street
P.O. Box 385
Litchfield CT 06759
860-567-3565 (Fax)