National Affairs: While the Blue Fades

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The last survivors of the Civil War are fast dwindling. The headquarters of the Grand Army of the Republic at Des Moines announced that there were at the beginning of 1923 71,106 G.A.R. veterans as opposed to 85,618 a year before. The number of G.A.R. posts shrank from 4,218 to 3,659 in the same period.

Preparations go forward for the national encampment at Milwaukee next Fall. It is estimated that not more than 20,000 of the veterans can attend. They number 30 per cent less than three years ago. There will not be many more encampments.