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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Civil War Veterans: c. 1925

Civil War Veterans: c. 1925

These are members of G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) Conyngham Post 97 located in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. I researched it to try and find out exactly when the picture may have been taken and found two possibilities in the Wilkes-Barre Record Almanacs:
“April 21, 1923 - Conyngham Post, G. A. R., observes its fifty-sixth anniversary; about forty veterans of the Civil War, together with many friends, present.”

Or more likely:

“May 31, 1926 - Memorial Day parade in Wilkes-Barre and other towns in the Wyoming Valley; Conyngham Post, G. A. R., has only thirty-five survivors out of an original membership of about 1,200.”

Scanned from the original 7x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

re: GAR Post 97

Thanks for your help. I'm sorry your grandfather isn't in the picture but at least you can see his friends honoring him. I'm looking forward to your posts.

GAR Post 97

This photo was definitely taken at Hollenback Cemetery in Wilkes-Barre, PA. I was just there this week to find my 2x great-grandfather, Andrew J. Scutt. He died in 1909 so he is not among the living. I too am hunting for photos. I will post anything I find!

G.A.R. at Wilkes-Barre

Could this photo possibly be taken at Hollenback Cemetery? This looks like the area that my great grandfather James A. Cartwright aka Courtright was buried in 1931. I believe he was a member of the GAR also. I am looking for anyone who may have a photo of him.

History that repeats, over and over

This is a scene that is still taking place today; old men who fought together as young men, reunited after a lifetime of carrying memories too painful to remember but too vivid to forget.

 
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