Objects of the Month

April 2012: Invitation to Grant Army of the Republic event, 1892

Invitation to Grant Army of the Republic event, 1892
  • Object No.: 2008.4.1
  • Donor: Frank Rich, Sr.
  • Description:

    Invitation to reception for the Grand Army of the Republic's National Encampment, 1892

In 1861, German immigrant Abraham Hart joined the Union forces in Pennsylvania. He was wounded in battle the next year and convalesced in Washington. Hart remained in the city and, after the war, he worked as a lawyer and served as commander of the Department of the Potomac, Grand Army of the Republic (a Union veterans' organization). Union veterans attended annual multi-day gatherings, or encampments, to commemorate their Civil War service. This invitation to a reception during an encampment is in a scrapbook that Hart's great-grandson Frank Rich, Sr., donated to the Society.

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