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[296] has been given to veterans and widows entitled to pensions, by cooperation with the Pension Office in obtaining and furnishing information for the adjudication of claims.

The Grand Army has been assisted in carrying out its purposes by its allied orders, the Woman's Relief Corps, the Sons of Veterans, the Daughters of Veterans, and the Ladies of the G. A. R. These organizations have adopted the principles and purposes that have actuated the Grand Army and have given much valued aid in the achievement of the results obtained.

The Grand Army of the Republic before the end of the nineteenth century had passed the zenith of its career. Its membership remained about the same in numbers after its first great leap and subsequent subsidence, varying between 25,000 and 50,000 from 1870 to 1880. During the decade between 1880 and 1890 it rose to its highest number of 409,--489. Since then it has decreased, through death, in very great part, until, at the national encampment of 1910, at Atlantic City, it had diminished to 213,901. Its posts exist throughout 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
Charles Devens,Massachusetts,1873-74
John F. Hartranft,Pennsylvania,1875-76
John C. Robinson,New York,1877-78
William Earnshaw,Ohio,1879
Louis Wagner,Pennsylvania,1880
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
Lucius Fairchild,Wisconsin,1886
John P. Rea,Minnesota,1887
William Warner,Missouri,1888
Russell A. Alger,Michigan,1889
Wheelock G. Veazey,Vermont,1890
John Palmer,New York,1891
A. G. Weissert,Wisconsin,1892
John G. B. Adams,Massachusetts,1893
Thomas G. Lawler,Illinois,1894
Ivan N. Walker,Indiana,1895
T. S. Clarkson,Nebraska,1896
John P. S. Gobin,Pennsylvania,1897
James A. Sexton,Illinois,1898
W. C. Johnson,Ohio,1899
Albert D. Shaw,New York,1899
Leo Rassieur,Missouri,1900
Ell Torrence,Minnesota,1901
Thomas J. Stewart,Pennsylvania,1902
John C. Black,Illinois,1903
Wilmon W. Blackmar,Massachusetts,1904
John R. King,Maryland,1904
James Tanner,Dist. of Columbia,1905
Robert B. Brown,Ohio,1906
Charles G. Burton,Missouri,1907
Henry M. Nevius,New Jersey,1908
Samuel R. Van Sant,Minnesota,1909
John E. Gilman,Massachusetts,1910
Hiram M. Trimble,Illinois,1911

The United Confederate Veterans

S. A. Cunningham, late Sergeant-Major, Confederate States Army, and Founder and Editor of The Confederate veteran
The organization known as the United Confederate Veterans was formed in New Orleans, June 10, 1889. The inception of the idea for a large and united association is credited to Colonel J. F. Shipp, a gallant Confederate, commander of N. B. Forrest Camp, of Chattanooga, Tennessee—the third organized—who was in successful business for years with a Union veteran. Colonel Shipp had gone to New Orleans in the interest of the Chattanooga and Chickamauga Military Park, and there proposed a general organization of Confederates on the order of the Grand Army of the Republic, his idea being to bring into a general association the State organizations, one of which in Virginia, and another in Tennessee, had already been organized.

Following these suggestions, a circular was sent out from New Orleans in regard to the proposed organization, and the first meeting was held in that city on June 10, 1889, the organization being

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