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Saw these at a garage sale today. Wondering what they are. Was thinking someone stole them from a cemetery or something. kinda creepy

 

 

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Yes, those are markers for a Union soldiers grave, and they probably were stolen at some point from a graveyard.

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Not necessarily...notice the upper arms are bent inward...a lot of cemeteries will not bother moving these when they mow around the graves...so it's not uncommon to see them bent and broken. I have a guy that brings me them from time to time...he's made it a project to visit cemeteries with Civil War soldiers buried there and will remove and replace the damaged ones...but he doesn't want to throw the old markers away so he brings them to the museum...I've got a box of them stored away...

 

 

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They have the same shape as the GAR markers, which make sense veterans of the civil war 1861-1865 became members of the Grand Army of the Republic G.A.R. a veterans organization untill there last member died. Then American Legion was formed in 1919 for WW1 veterans the the VFW for WW2 and all after. It a crime in most states to remove these markers.

They do have value. GAR markers go for about $75 each. I always check the outer banks of old cemitarys they always throw them over the banks along with everything else the grounds keepers dont want.

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They are GAR markers......

 

 

 

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Mark Conrad, MSgt, USAF (Ret)
"Poor is the nation that has no Heroes...shameful is the one having them that forgets."

The Miami Valley Military History Museum: http://www.mvmhm.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Miami-Valley-Military-History-Museum/111268115594349
Official Partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration: www.vietnamwar50th.com
Official Partner of the United States of America World War I Centennial: www.worldwar1centennial.org

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There are also GAR markers same shape and motiffs without the dates with large GAR in the center.

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