The Kansas Department of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), headquartered in Topeka, Kansas, periodically published a roster of all members in good standing. The 1894 state roster lists the names of members by post as of August 4, 1894. Post rosters are grouped by county in no apparent order. The counties are arranged in alphabetical order. 460 posts are represented with 17,376 members. Some post rosters that arrived too late to be included with their county were added at the end of the county listing. Post rosters include the name of the member and the unit in which they served. Many of the G.A.R. members moved to Kansas after the Civil War so they served in military units in all northern states. It is important to check both to find the all the posts in a county. Information on related organizations such as the Sons of Veterans, Women's Relief Corpts, and the Kansas Ladies of the G.A.R. A name index to this roster is available in the Kansas Historical Society library. The Grand Army of the Republic was an association of Union veterans of the Civil War that sought to preserve the legacy of the Union Army and the ideals underwriting the preservation of the union. It also assisted veterans in need, and their families, worked to increase veteran benefits, and promoted allegiance to the United States and the federal constitution.
Kansas Historical Society
Roster of the members and posts: Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Kansas - Illustration