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1866--Dr. Benjamin Stephenson, GAR founder

1866--Dr. Benjamin Stephenson, GAR founder

Dr. Benjamin Stephenson was surgeon of the 14th Illinois Infantry. He founded the Grand Army of the Republic on April 6, 1866 in Decatur, Illinois. At its peak in 1890, the G.A.R. included 409,000 members or 30% of all Union veterans.

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