Item: Grand Army of the Republic Courtland Saunders Post No. 21 Personal War Sketches book, 1880-1889

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Record Number: 4329
Box/Case: Volume 2
Page: 120-121, 178-179
Reproduction restrictions: None
Creator: Grand Army of the Republic
Date of Original: 1880s
Original Format: Manuscripts
Image description: The Courtland Saunders Post No. 21 was a unit of the Grand Army of the Republic, which was a fraternal organization comprised of men who had served in the Union forces during the Civil War. The GAR served as a social and advocacy organization for veterans. It survived into the twentieth century, and its legacy was carried on by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. HSP holds three volumes of personal reflections of Civil War veterans who were members of the Courtland Saunders Post in Philadelphia. The depth of description of each soldier's experience varies from basic enlistment information to nuanced accounts of service and battles. Some of these accounts offer extremely personal details, including their capture by Confederate troops, campaigns in which they participated, and men with whom they served. In addition to descriptions of service, these volumes also document the deaths and funeral services of members of the post.

This digital record only contains two images of two page spreads from the second volume of Personal War Sketches. These page spreads contain the war sketches of William J. Tate, Charles Stolz, William H. Helmbold, and Joseph Massey.