George Smith Post No. 79 (Conshohocken, Pa.), Grand Army of the Republic photographs and "Personal War Sketches"
Held at: Conshohocken Historical Society [Contact Us]120 E. 5th Avenue, Conshohocken, PA, 19428
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Overview and metadata sections
The Grand Army of the Republic was a fraternal organization of Civil War veterans. A post headquartered at West Third Avenue and Forrest Street in Conshohocken, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was organized in 1867. It was named after George Smith, the first borough resident to be killed during the Civil War.
Welsh, Phillip and Sharon. Conshohocken in Vintage Postcards. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia, 2002. p. 34
This collection consists of one volume of "Personal War Sketches," and about three-dozen photographs of members of the George Smith Post No. 79, Grand Army of the Republic. In the "Personal War Sketches," veterans recorded their mustering dates, rank, and sometimes personal narratives of their experiences. There is also a burial register at the back of the volume. The photographs are all portraits which appear to have been taken around 1890, and are each identified with name, rank, and military unit.
Acquired circa 1975.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2011-2012 as part of a pilot project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.
In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Conshohocken Historical Society directly for more information.
- Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library.
- Grand Army of the Republic. George Smith Post No. 79 (Philadelphia, Pa.).
- Conshohocken Historical Society
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
- This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- Access Restrictions
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