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2nd Saturday Civil War Series: Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty: Politics & Memory at Pittsburgh’s 28th National Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic with Rich Condon

November 12, 2022 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm


In Person in the Lincoln Gallery at ACFL&MH
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As thousands of onlookers descended on the City of Pittsburgh in September 1894, they did so with anticipation – a chance to see aging Union veterans of the War of the Rebellion alive and in the flesh. The thinning ranks of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) were gathering for their 28th National Encampment, and members from across the country prepared to meet old comrades once again.

The G.A.R. represented certain values for all of its members through their main principles, “Fraternity, Charity, Loyalty,” yet there were still many inequities to overcome for the organization’s African American membership. An event such as this was the perfect opportunity for those in attendance to discuss national issues at large, at a time when political and social strife intersected with how the late war would be remembered.

Rich Condon is a historian from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a BA in public history from Shepherd University. For ten years he has worked with a multitude of sites and organizations including The Battle of Franklin Trust, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Flight 93 National Memorial, and since Spring 2020 Rich has served as a park ranger at Reconstruction Era National Historical Park in Beaufort, South Carolina. He has written for Civil War Times, The American Battlefield Trust, as well as Emerging Civil War, and operates the Civil War Pittsburgh blog, which focuses on the interpretation of Western Pennsylvania’s role in the Civil War.

2nd Saturday Lectures made possible by the Massey Charitable Trust

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