CAMDEN, N.J.

Camden and the Civil War
WILLIAM P. ROBESON POST No. 51
GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC

The following is derived from
George Reeser Prowell's
History of Camden County, N.J.
published in 1886

The Grand Army of the Republic

All honorably discharged soldiers and sailors who have served in the army or navy of the United States are entitled to membership in the Grand Army of the Republic. In this respect it is the first organization of its kind effected in this country or elsewhere. Soon after the close of the Revolution, army societies were formed which were composed of commissioned officers and their descendants.

The most prominent of these was the famous Society of the Cincinnati, which still has an existence. Army and corps organizations of the War of 1812 and of the Mexican War have existed for social and convivial purposes but none of these societies named have been based on the principle of mutual aid in time of need, or comprehended purposes so exalted as those embraced in the declaration of the Grand Army of the Republic, namely, " Fraternity, charity, loyalty." This society, whose purpose is to band together the men who wore the blue during the war, originated in the West. To Colonel B. F. Stephenson, M.D., of Springfield, Illinois, is given the credit of being the first person who formulated the plans of its noble aims. The first post was organized at Dakota, Illinois, in 1866. The idea of extending the organization was communicated to many army associates. A State Department Encampment was organized in Illinois on the 12th of July, 1866, under Colonel Stephenson. In the month of November of the same year a National Encampment was organized at Indianapolis, with representatives present from nearly all the Northern States. These encampments have been held annually since then, in various localities of the Union. The State became divided into districts, and the organization of posts was exceedingly rapid. Six months after the date of the formation of the society forty thousand men through the Northern States were enrolled as members. The first department organization in the State of New Jersey was effected in the month of January, 1868. The membership of the order in this State in 1884 was reported at five thousand two hundred and seventy-nine. The entire membership in the United States for the same year was two hundred and thirty-three thousand five hundred and ninety-five. Its membership is now estimated at three hundred thousand, more than one-fourth of the survivors of the war.

Under the auspices of the order thousands of camp-fires, fairs, reunions and banquets have been held. These revive the sufferings and sacrifices and recall the unwritten history of the war. At these meetings no rank is recognized, save that conferred by the order, and any member is eligible to any position in its gift.

The history of various posts now existing in the city and county of Camden are here given, according to the date organization.

The following is derived from
George Reeser Prowell's
History of Camden County, N.J.
published in 1886

WILLIAM P. ROBESON POST No. 51, of Camden (the first post in New Jersey composed of colored soldiers), was instituted and organized June 28, 1881, with twenty-five charter members. It was named for General William P. Robeson Jr., who made his residence in Camden. General Robeson passed away a few weeks after the Post was organized.

The following is a complete roster of the Post at this date (1886): Past Commanders, W. S. Darr and W. A. Drake ; Post Commander, Miles Bishop; Senior Vice, Charles. Jones; Junior Vice, Ezekiel Jones; Surgeon, George Lodine; Chaplain, August Westcott; Adjutant, Charles Accoo; Officer of the Day Anthony Austin; Officer of the Guard, George Bishop; Quartermaster, John C. Richardson; Quartermaster-Sergeant, Joseph Rice; Sergeant-Major, George H. Watson. 

The other members are James. Wiltbanks, Nathaniel Ingram, William Ingram, William M. Butts, William Smith, Hezekiah Wrench, Benjamin Stewart, Elijah Hammitt, Charles Barnes, Shepherd Pitts, CharlesWoolford, Elijah Pipinger, Thomas Ryan, George F. Johnson, and Charles Ford.

In 1886 the Post met at Lee's Hall, on the corner of Broadway and Atlantic Avenue, and later met on Kaighn Avenue

The William P. Robeson Post 51 of the Grand Army of the Republic was suspended in 1925. 

 

Philadelphia Inquirer
May 31, 1887
Thomas M.K. Lee Post No. 5, G.A.R - William B. Hatch Post No. 37, G.A.R.
William B. Hatch Camp No. 1, Sons of Veterans -
William P. Robeson Post No. 51, G.A.R.
General John A. Logan Post 101, G.A.R.
Samuel Dodd - Benjamin D. Coley - Amos Dease - C.S. Magrath - Charles P. Bowers - Preston Hughes
H.H. Franks - William H. Butts - Rev. W.P. Strickland - Morris S. Garman
Gatling Gun Company B - Captain Robert Eckendorff - East Camden Fife & Drum Band


Philadelphia Inquirer
May 31, 1890
Thomas M.K. Lee  No. 5 - General William P. Robeson Post No. 51 - William B. Hatch Post No. 37
General John A. Logan Post No. 102 - Livingston Allen - J. Kelly Brown - John F. Cassman
Arthur Stanley - Harry Franks

Philadelphia Inquirer - August 14, 1897


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...continued...
G.A.R
Grand Army
of the Republic

Thomas M.K. Lee Post 5
William B. Hatch Post 37
William P. Robeson
Post 51

Sons of Veterans

Robert M. Hillman
R.L. Robinson
Daniel A. Carter
S.S. Weaver

Federal Street

Washington Park
in
Gloucester City

...continued...
John L. Westcott
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Philadelphia Inquirer - May 14, 1899

Cooper B. Hatch 
G.A.R. Post No. 37 - G.A.R. Post No. 5 - G.A.R. Post No. 51 - G.A.R. Post No. 102

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Last Name 1st Name Mid. Regt. Birth Death Buried Rank Notes Addmiss. Address
Accoo Charles             Adj. 1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
Armstrong J. Y.           1913   1708 S 8th St.
Armstrong Joseph T.           PPC   Camden
Austin Anthony             1885, 1887, Off of Day,1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
Barnes Charles             1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
Bishop George             PPC, Off of G., 1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.   Camden
Bishop Miles             1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co. PPC 1887, 89, 92, 93, 1895, 96   Camden
Bowman Alex             PC 1914   Camden
Bresden Samuel             PC 1914, listed as Brisden 1894   Camden
Brown Pierce D.           listed as R.P.D. Brown, PPC 1892, 1893, 1895, 1896    
Burton Thos. C.        /   /1891     1889, In Memoriam 1892    
Butler O. C.           1895    
Butts William             1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
Chrisenden Samuel             PC 1903   706 Van Hook
Cousters Robert                 Camden
Darr William S.           1885, PPC 1886, 1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
Doherty James   Co C, 2 NY Art   8/11/1902   Pvt.      
Dorr S. W.           PPC 1887    
Drake William A.           PC 1885, PPC 1887, 89, 92, 93, 1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.  1894, 95, 96    
Fooks John   US Navy   4/6/1913         Camden
Ford Charles             1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
Franks John             PPC, PC 1893, 94, 95, 96   Camden
Gibbs Joseph                 Camden
Gillean John       3/17/1893 Johnson Cem. Pvt. 65 yrs. old - 1894 in Memoriam    
Hammitt Elijah             1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
Hawkins Saml.          /   /1888     1889    
Hines Thomas             PPC, 1913   Camden
Howard Nelson          /   /1891     In Memoriam 1892    
Ingram Nathaniel             1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
Ingram William             1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
Johnson George F.           1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
Jones Charles             1885, SVC, 1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co. 1894, 1895    
Jones Ezekiel             JVC, 1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
King J. Harry           List of Veterans buried from Mon. Ded Booklet D. Hann    
Lodine George             Surgeon, 1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
McNally Patrick   Co A, 79 PA   8/1/1902   PVT.      
Morgan H. C.           1889    
Muters A. H.                
Newton Alex H.           PPC 1893, 1894, PC 1895, 1896   Camden
Pipinger Elijah             1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
Pitts Shepherd             1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
Plumer Sidney             PC 1892, listed as Plummer PPC 1893 & 1894    
Ray Fred J.                
Rice Joseph             QMS, 1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
Richardson John C.           QM, 1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co., 1893, 1894    
Robinson James             PPC   Camden
Rumner S.             1886    
Ryan Thomas             1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
Sikes John   Co. C, 45 USCT   9/3/1913   Pvt.     Camden
Smith William          /   /1891     1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co., In Memoriam 1892    
Stewart Benjamin             1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co., listed as Steward 1892 and 1893    
Watson George H.           1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co., Sgt. Maj.    
Westcott August             1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co., Chaplain    
Wiltbanks James             1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
Woolford Charles             1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    
Wrench Hezekiah             1886 Prowell's Hist. of Camden Co.    

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