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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 CollectionsBerea, Kentucky 40404
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[Identification of item], James C. West Post of the Grand Army of the Republic and Women's Relief Corps, Kentucky Department, G. A. R. Records , KYSX151-A, 1890-1939Special Collections, Berea College, Berea, Ky.
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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.
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.
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