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From: George Stevenson <>
Subject: Re: Civil War Veteran Fraternal Order?
Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 20:40:45 -0400
Could it be the Grand Army of the Republic? (GAR). That was the veterans
group of the Union Civil War Vets. There are many GAR halls in the north.
At 12:06 PM 5/17/99 -0400, Ed Easlick wrote:
>Charles EASLICK, b. 1838, Lyons Twp, Wayne Co., NY, served as a Private
>in Company C, 160th Regiment, NY Vols from 25 Aug 1862 until 22 May
>1865. He received wounds to left arm and leg; was hospitalized in New
>Orleans and at Varick Hospital. Charles was one of the 11 children of
>William and Anna (Brown) Easlick of Lyons Twp.
>I have a copy of a tintype of Charles dating to about 1875. He is posed
>formally in a frocked coat with a large sash crossing over his left
>shoulder. The sash is of solid colour about 5" wide with 1/2" white(?)
>piping and is finished with two tassels at terminus on lower right side.
>It has either an eagle or star ornament afixed in its center as it
>crosses over the shoulder.
>His cap is of dark fabric finished with 1/4" bands of white(?) piping.
>The tall brim is four-peaked (like a tiara) with large white stars
>embroideried on the front and sides and is crowned with a 5" plumed
>egret feather. (It looks a little like the beany worn by Spanky
>McFarland in the "Our Gang" comedies).
>A fringed apron is barely visible in his coat opening and his right hand
>is clasping what appears to be a bible, upright on end, resting on a
>draped table. The table also has a "minuteman" type stature prominently
>Not intending disparagement, Charles' garb is not too unlike that worn
>by Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton in one of the Honeymooners sketchs
>involving a goofy fraternal order. Charles, of course, is of not but
>serious demeanor in his pose--and rightly so.
>I seek to identify this order and will send a copy of the print to
>anyone to assist in the ID.
>Ed Easlick of Richmond, VA