History of the Grand Army of the Republic, by Robert B. Beath, Illustrated, 1889

Beath, Robert B. History of the Grand Army of the Republic. New York: Bryan, Taylor & Co. Publishers, 1889. Octovo Original blue cloth with pictorial boards.

Offered is a first edition by Robert Beath of History of the Grand Army of the Republic. The book was published out of New York by Bryan, Taylor & Co. publishers in 1889. The book includes an introduction by General Lucius Fairchild and illustrations. It is bound in its original pictorial blue cloth boards, accompanied by a custom, archival slipcase.

This book provides the extensive history of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), which was formed in 1866 as an organization of veterans of the Union Army, Navy, Marines, and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service. The organization began in Decatur, Illinois, and grew to a membership of 490,000 veterans by 1890. The veterans became organized into hundreds of local posts across the North and West. The G.A.R. functioned as both a fraternal and a political organization and was closely allied with the Republican Party, helping to elect five Union veterans as President of the United States—Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, and William McKinley. The G.A.R.’s founding principles were “Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty.”

The book was written by a member of the G.A.R. himself, Robert Burns Beath (1839-1914). Beath served in the Union Army during the Civil War and was the 12th Commander-in-Chief of the G.A.R. from 1883-1884.


Very good condition. Some shelf wear along top and bottom. Healthy paper, besides very light toning. Slight rubbing noticeable on the spine. Bright, original pictorial boards, with blue cloth and elaborate gilt details. Decorative endpapers. Accompanied by a custom archival slipcase with an image of the front board pasted down to the center.

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