The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a veterans organization formed in 1866. Membership consisted of honorably discharged Union soldiers, sailors and marines of the Civil War. This collection contains the biographical and military information on the members, business correspondence, and national and department encampments for the Captain Thomas Espy Post 153, Department of Pennsylvania. The manuscript page contains data from completed membership applications, transfer cards, and the adjutant’s report of deaths.
For more information on the collection or assistance with Civil War research please contact Diane Klinefelter, Curator at 412-276-3456, x9.
For some years previous to 1905, the matter as to what would become of the flags, books and relics of the Post when the last member answered his last roll call was actively discussed. A committee was formed from the Post and met with the Library Trustees to discuss securing a room in the building to house the artifacts and serve as a Post meeting room. An agreement was signed February 1, 1906. To furnish the room in keeping with the building decor, the Post spent over $1,100 on furniture and cabinets to house their relics.
“When every veteran of the Espy Post has answered his last roll call, we leave for our children and their children, this room full of relics hoping they may be as proud of them as we are, and that they may see that they are protected and cared for – for all time.”