Thank you for contact me.Excuse me if I repeat myself a little from the original e-mail, but I don't want to leave anything out.
The Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic was formed in 1885 as an auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, the largest Union veterans' organization after the Civil War.Of course, the Grand Army of the Republic is now extinct because all Union soldiers are now gone.Therefore, the Ladies of the G.A.R. is now an independent organization as an auxiliary to no organization.
The Ladies of the G.A.R. is an historical, education, and patriotic organization.Its primary purpose is to keep alive the memory of the "Boys in Blue" from the Union army and navy.It works to preserve Civil War battlefields, to preserve Civil War artifacts, to preserve Civil War monuments, to mark Union graves, to support living veterans, etc.
The organization operates chapters called "circles".Any woman age 10 or older with either a direct, Union ancestor or a blood-related uncle who fought for the Union may join. Applicants must document their relationship to the Union ancestor as well as the service of the Union ancestor.
The Ladies of the G.A.R. is an older lineage society than the D.A.R. is for the American Revolution!Though it is not an auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, it does cooperate in some of its work with the Sons of Union Veterans.
The state president of the Ohio Department Ladies of the G.A.R. lives in Belmont County.She is:
Miss Nancy Conaway, 846 Main St., Bridgeport, OH43912.
I would be happy to send you the membership papers and instructions for doing them.Or I am sure that Nancy Conaway would too.If you prefer to contact Nancy, just let her know that I sent you as she will like to know.
The cost to joins varies from circle to circle.Our local circle here in Middleport, Ohio, charges a $10 application fee plus annual dues of $15 per year.However, that is the top amount that any circle charges as far as I know.