Sunday, April 12, 2015

April 9th, 1865 Appomattox Courthouse

One hundred and fifty years ago on April 9th, General Lee surrendered to General Grant in Appomattox Courthouse signaling the end of the four year long civil war in the United States and ensuring the preservation of the union.  Although hostilities continued until May, April 9th is recognized as the end of the Civil War.  The victorious Union Army met again for one of the largest military reviews in Washington, D.C. a few months later.

Once the war had completed, the families of war veterans continued to meet informally and within a year, the Grand Army of the Republic was formed.  This veterans association would, at its height, have over 400,000 active members (over 1/2 of 1% of the US Population at the time), elected 5 US Presidents, and scores of governors, senators, and members of congress.  They remain to this day the model of advocacy in the USA.
To honor the work done by Senator Dammeier, the WSPTA gave the senator a vintage GAR Badge, similar to the one shown above.  These were cast from captured Confederate cannon and was once owned by a Union Veteran.  We thank all our veterans for their service to our country, and we thank Senator Dammeier for his efforts on behalf of Washington's children.

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