RENO — A unique public display of Civil War artifacts will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Reno Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, located behind the Moana Pool building with access off Baker Lane or through the pool parking lot.
The free display is being held by the William Passmore Carlin Camp 25 of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, and the Battle Born Civil War Re-enactors organization as part of their observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
Artifacts on display will include weapons, belt buckles, soldiers’ letters, military orders, photographs and other items from both Union and Confederate sources, as well as artifacts from the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) founded in 1866 by Union veterans. GAR membership was limited to honorably discharged veterans of the Union Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Revenue Cutter Service who served between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865. By 1890, the GAR numbered nearly 410,000 with about 8,000 “posts” throughout the country, including 18 in Nevada. The final meeting of the GAR was held in Indiana in 1949, and the last member, Albert Woolson, died in 1956 at the age of 109.
The Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War is the legally recognized heir to the GAR, which formed the organization in 1881 as the Sons of Veterans of the United States of America, changing to the current name in 1925.
The Reno area organization is the William Passmore Carlin Camp 25, named after Major Gen. William Passmore Carlin (Nov. 23, 1829-Oct. 4, 1903), for whom the town of Carlin is named. Membership is open to male descendants of Union veterans, with associate memberships available for those who either do not have, or have not yet identified a Union ancestor. Membership applications and more information about the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War are available online at www.suvpac.org.
The Battle Born Civil War Re-enactors is a non-profit educational organization in Northern Nevada and northeastern California that uses living history including living history reenactments as a means to help the public gain a better understanding of the Civil War and its impact on the development of the country. For more information, visit www.bbcwr.