Term: Grand Army of the Republic
Civil War veterans organization; the Wisconsin G.A.R. held its first meeting in 1866 and peaked in 1889 with 251 local posts totalling 14,000 members; a potent political force, 8 post-war governors were G.A.R. members.
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[Source: Wyman, Mark. The Wisconsin Frontier (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998).]