The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a group of Union veterans of the Civil War, held annual encampments from 1866 to 1949 to celebrate their days of glory. Barbara Grumet, wife of cane collector Lou Grumet, had a special interest in the GAR, as her great-grandfather was the GAR national chair.
This cane commemorates the 1913 encampment that honored the fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Woodrow Wilson spoke at the event in Gettysburg, remarking that a great era of progress was to come. The wood for the cane came from trees from the battlefield and the markings were burned in.
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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