Civil War Soldiers
Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.)
Lincoln Post No. 2


The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army who had served in the American Civil War. The GAR was among the first organized advocacy groups in American politics. It was succeeded by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW).

 Lincoln Post Founded  

Excerpt from The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Montana, May 31, 1926, Page 2  

   Lincoln Post No. 2, G. A. R., was the first G. A. R. post to be organized in Montana.  It was mustered in on Aug. 30, 1883, with 25 charter members.  The organizer was the Rev. Duncan McMillan of the James B. McKean post of Salt Lake.  The Butte post was at that time under the Utah jurisdiction.

   The first officers were P. R. Dolman, post commander; S. R. Knight, senior vice commander; H. C. Kessler, junior vice commander; Gen. C. S. Warren, adjutant; L. F. Wyman, quartermaster; Dr. L. E. Holmes, surgeon; Frederick Lockley, chaplain; Charles S. Shoemaker, officer of the guard.  Of these first officers only Charles S. Shoemaker is still among the members of Lincoln post.

   The veterans of Lincoln post No. 2 were little more than school boys, bright-eyed, rosy-cheeked lads when they saluted the colors for the first time.  Today they are white-haired men whose ages are far beyond the allotted span and whose stay on earth is being brightened by the veneration in which they are held and the considerate courtesy and kindness shown them by the community in which other patriotic organizations are their auxiliary bodies play a leading part.


G.A.R. Plot - Mount Moriah Cemetery
Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana

The following is a list of men who fought in the Civil War and many were members of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), and most belonged to Lincoln Post No. 2 in Butte, Montana. These men had lived and/or died in Butte, Montana, including neighboring counties. Most came to Butte and/or Montana after the end of the war in order to obtain jobs in the mining industry. This information was gathered from lists of G.A.R. members obtained from the Butte-Silver Bow Archives, cemetery lists, death certificates, military records,,,, and local newspaper articles. I've tried to ascertain the facts the best I could with the information I found.  I welcome any suggestions, information, or names I may not have.