Grand Army of the Republic, Wilcox Post No. 668 Records

Dates: 1889-1928
Size: .2 linear feet
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: w00135
Provenance: Donated by John Burke, in 2011
Access: No restrictions. Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least 24-hours prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: GAR, Wilcox Post No. 668 Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library
Processed by: Michelle McCoy, 2020

Historical Note

The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) was an organization of former soldiers and sailors who served in the Union forces during the Civil War or who were members of state militia on active duty and subject to national call during the war. The organization's goals were to maintain comradery and fraternity among its members, to perpetuate the memory of their deeds, and to aid needy soldiers and their families. It was one of the United States’ first organized advocacy groups supporting veterans. The first local post was established in Decatur, Illinois on April 6, 1866, and the organization grew to hundreds of posts across the nation. The G.A.R. reached its membership peak in 1890 with over 490,000 members. The organization was dissolved in 1956, when its last remaining member passed away.

The Wilcox Post, No. 668 was located at 9628 S. Longwood Drive in Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood.

Scope and Content

The Wilcox Post collection includes 3 ledgers and 3 pension certificates for John Burke.

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Subject Terms

  • Grand Army of the Republic. Wilcox Post No. 668 (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Illinois - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Veterans
  • Veterans – Illinois – 19th century
  • Veterans – Illinois – Societies, etc.

Container List

Box 1 Folder 1 Bureau of Pensions, certificates for John Burke, 1894, 1906, 1914
Box 1 Folder 2 GAR transfer forms, blank, undated
Box 1 Folder 3 Financial ledger 1905-1928
Box 1 Folder 4 Meeting minutes ledger, 1889-1895
Box 1 Folder 5 Membership ledger, 1903-1916
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