Grand Army of the Republic Flag

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A Grand Army of the Republic Flag was donated to Memorial Hall Library in 1928. In 2003 the flag was restored by Camille Myers Breeze of Museum Textile Services with $6000 funds raised by the library for the project. The flag is displayed in Memorial Hall.

The Grand Old Army of Republic is a fraternal organization of veterans who fought in the Union Army. Hence, he flag, which dates back to the late 1880's is not a battle flag. This flag belonged to the General William F. Bartlett GAR Post 99. General Bartlett, a graduate of Phillips Academy, became a General at the age of 24. He commanded the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry - unique because the members of the unit were all African American. The officers, however were not. This unit is commemorated in the movie Glory.

GAR Flag.


--Eleanor (talk) 14:44, 24 March 2016 (EDT)

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