Civil War Veterans' Organizations

      In the aftermath of the war, a number of Civil War veterans' organizations came into being.  The most extensive and powerful of the Union's veterans' organizations was the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), founded in 1866; in 1889, for Confederates formed the comparably influential United Confederate Veterans (UCV), which sponsored publication of the twelve-volume "Confederate Military History" (1899).  Similar organizations, formed in the decades after the war, include, for Union veterans: the Military Order of he Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), Dames of the Loyal Legion, the Union Veterans' Union, and Veteran Nurses of the Civil War (later, the National Association of Nurses of the Civil War).  Additional organizations, honoring those who served the Confederacy, were the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the United Sons of Confederate Veterans.  Civil War veterans and their organizations had profound effects on Reconstruction and on state and national politics in the post war period. (Source: The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference)
        This portion of the website describes on two of those organizations.

The Grand Army of the Republic
The United Confederate Veterans

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