Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) photograph of William Murrell, Council of Administration. The GAR was a large multi-faceted organization (fraternal lodge, charitable society, special interest lobby, patriotic group, and political club) founded in 1866 by Union Army Surgeon Benjamin Franklin Stephenson. The organization was originally envisioned as a brotherhood of veterans who were dedicated to helping other veterans.
Murrell, born in France, was one of many black veterans who served as members and officers in GAR posts.
circa 1890 – 1930
New York State Archives, New York (State). State Historian. Grand Army of the Republic records, 1865-1949. Series B1706-00, Box 97, Folder 46, Murrell, William.
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