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James C. West Post of the Grand Army of the Republic and Women's Relief Corps, G.A.R. Collection

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Captain James West Post #171

Women's Relief Corp No. 48

General G.A.R. Pamphlets



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Title: James C. West Post of the Grand Army of the Republic and Women's Relief Corps, G.A.R. Collection, 1890-1930Add to your cart.

Extent: 2.0 MS boxes

Arrangement:

Arrangement is in series:

Series 1: Captain James West Post #171

Series 2: Women's Relief Corp #48

Series 3: General G.A.R. Pamphlets

Subjects: Grand Army of the Republic., Madison County, Kentucky -- Organizations, patriotic., Madison County, Kentucky -- Organizations, women's., Organizations, patriotic -- Grand Army of the Republic -- Captain James West Post., Organizations, patriotic -- Grand Army of the Republic -- Women's Relief Corps., Organizations, women's -- Grand Army of the Republic -- Women's Relief Corps., United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Union Army -- Veterans

Languages: English

Abstract

The Captain James C. West Post was organized on May 24, 1890 to aid and commemorate Civil War veterans who served in the Union Army. The group met monthly and performed many community duties including memorial services for the dead, and help for needy widows and families of those who fought during the Civil War.

The Captain James West Women's Relief Corps No. 48 auxiliary was organized on March 17, 1906. Closely linked to the Captain James West Post No. 171, the women's auxiliary carried on many of the same community activities. In most cases the two organizations worked together and in December of 1909 began holding joint monthly meetings. The objectives of the Women's Auxiliary were to aid and assist the GAR in perpetuating the memory of their dead, to assist Union veterans in any possible way, to extend needful aid to their widows and orphans, and to promote patriotism. A lack of interest in the organization and poor attendance led to the group's demise in June 1939.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These are the records of two community organizations, the Captain James C. West Post No. 171 of the Kentucky Department of the Grand Army of the Republic and the Captain James C. West Women's Relief Corps No. 48 auxiliary to the Kentucky Department GAR.

Materials of the Captain James West Post consist of minute books that supply details concerning monthly meetings, a ledger of organizational accounts and dues, and various loose minutes and reports. Materials of the Women's Relief Corps consist of minute journals, rules and regulations manuals, a national roster, various reports, and fragmentary correspondence of S. F. Steward and Mary Dodge.

Subject/Index Terms

Grand Army of the Republic.
Madison County, Kentucky -- Organizations, patriotic.
Madison County, Kentucky -- Organizations, women's.
Organizations, patriotic -- Grand Army of the Republic -- Captain James West Post.
Organizations, patriotic -- Grand Army of the Republic -- Women's Relief Corps.
Organizations, women's -- Grand Army of the Republic -- Women's Relief Corps.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Union Army -- Veterans

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: Copyright has not been assigned to Berea College.  There are no known restrictions on the collection other than federal copyright regulations. Please cite all references to this collection.

Acquisition Source: Ellen Hays presented these records to Berea College.

Acquisition Method: Ellen Hays presented these records to Berea College. They came from her grandmother, Wilmoth Francis Hays, who inscribed the bound volumes that she was donating to the Berea College Library. W. Francis Hays had once been a vice president in the Kentucky Women's Relief Corps. Ellen's grandfather, Alexander Franklin Hays, claimed to have helped to raise the Union flag on Lookout Mountain when the Confederate and Union forces clashed at Chattanooga, and was also active in the GAR.

Preferred Citation: James C. West Post of the Grand Army of the Republic and Women's Relief Corps, Kentucky Department, G. A. R. Records, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The collection was processed by Hutchins Library staff and the original finding aid was created by Joseph Knipp.  The finding aid was updated with information from various sources by Lori A. Myers-Steele, Project Archivist, in March 2014.

Other Note: Collection Number: BCA 0199 HC 24


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Series 1: Captain James West Post #171Add to your cart.

Materials consist of minute books that supply some details concerning the order of the monthly meetings, a ledger of organizational accounts and dues, and various loose minutes and reports. Eleven charter members were mustered in by Capt. A. J. Tharp, Dept. MO, on May 24, 1890. They agreed to meet on the 4th Saturday of each month and taxed themselves 15 cents per quarter. A.J. Hanson was the first commander, and L. C. Duncan his adjutant--both sign the minutes. The minutes do not show other officers at that time. Eight more members joined over the next several months. Then on October 11 there is a note that R.E. Baugh was chosen Quartermaster to replace Daniel Moore, who moved away. At the end of the year they elected officers for the following year. Those listed were: A. J. Hanson, B. W. Bogie, Thomas E. Bicknell, Alex Moore, John B Lucas, R.E. Baugh, Morgan Ramsey, James M. Gabbert, L.C. Duncan, John Richardson, and William Burdette. Names of other men well known in the community appear in subsequent years, such as William M. Hays. In 1895 LeVant Dodge was elected commander of the local post, and in 1906 and 1907 was Commander of the GAR Department in Kentucky. He and his wife Mary regularly attended the annual national encampment.

The group met monthly and performed many community duties, including providing memorial services for veterans, help for needy widows and families of those who fought during the Civil War, as well as other community programs and activities that made the public aware of the significance and honor of the Union's participation in the Civil War. The GAR arranged a full day's community celebration on Decoration Day.

Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Minute Book, May 24, 1890- January 9, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 2: Photo of James C. West Post with Green Broaddus PostAdd to your cart.
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Item 3: Minute Book, July 16, 1904 - April 13, 1929Add to your cart.
Item 4: Accounts Ledger, January, 1901 - January 1, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 5: Minutes and Accounting Records, January 10, 1925 - July 13, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 6: Adjutant and Quartermaster Reports, December 30, 1910 - January 20, 1922Add to your cart.
Item 7: Organization PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Item 8: LeVant Dodge CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Officers and delegates from three other posts, 1911Add to your cart.
Item 10: Decoration Day banners, 1897 - 1899Add to your cart.
Item 11: Membership Applications, 1903 - 1904Add to your cart.
Series 2: Women's Relief Corp No. 48Add to your cart.

The Captain James West Women's Relief Corps No. 48 Auxiliary was organized on March 17, 1906 and included such prominent community women as W. Francis Hays, Sally Bicknell, and Mary Dodge, whose husbands were also active in the GAR. Mary Dodge headed the Kentucky WRC in 1910-1912, and in 1917 W. Francis Hays was WRC Sr. Vice President.

Closely linked to the Captain James West Post #171, the Women's Auxiliary carried on many of the same community activities. In most cases the two organizations worked together, and in December 1909 began holding joint monthly meetings. Minutes of the meetings frequently refer to a lunch or dinner as part of the gathering, which may have promoted the joint meetings. The objectives of the Women's Auxiliary were, as outlined in the Rules and Regulations manual, to aid and assist the G A R, to perpetuate the memory of their heroic dead, to assist Union veterans in any possible way, to extend needful aid to their widows and orphans, and to promote patriotism. A lack of interest in the organization and poor attendance led to the group's demise in June 1939.

Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Minute Book, March 17, 1906 - December 11, 1911Add to your cart.
Item 2: Minute Book, January 20, 1912 - June 14, 1930Add to your cart.
Item 3: Minute Book, July 12, 1930 - October 10, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 4: Organizational ManualsAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Reports, 1928 - 1935Add to your cart.
Item 6: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 7: PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Series 3: General G.A.R. PamphletsAdd to your cart.
Various pamphlets issued by the organization
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 8: G.A.R. Department of Kentucky Proceedings of the Provisional Encampment and the Annual Encampments for the Years of 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887 and 1888Add to your cart.
complied from the Original Records and edited by Comrade Geo. A. Jones, of Geo. H. Thomas Post. By Order of the State Encampment, 1885.
Item 9: Journal of the Fourteenth Annual Encampment, of the Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Kentucky., May 19-20, 1896Add to your cart.
Held at Somerset.
Item 10: Old War Songs, G.A.R. and Patriotic Songs, 1895Add to your cart.

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