hout the length and breadth of the country, and even outside, and nearly every State has a department organization.
Its influence is felt in every city, town, and village, and it has earned the good — will and support of the entire American people.
Among its leaders have been some of the most prominent men of the country.
Its commanders-in-chief have been:
B. F. Stephenson,Illinois,1866
S. A. Hurlbut,Illinois,1866-67
John A. Logan,Illinois,1868-70
Ambrose E. Burnside,Rhode Island,1871-72
John F. Hartranft,Pennsylvania,1875-76
John C. Robinson,New York,1877-78
George S. Merrill,Massachusetts,1881
Paul Van Dervoort,Nebraska,1882
Robert B. Beath,Pennsylvania,1883
John S. Kountz,Ohio,1884
S. S. Burdett,Dist. of Columbia,1885
John P. Rea,Minnesota,1887
Russell A. Alger,Michigan,1889
Wheelock G. Veazey,Vermont,1890