Postcard of Peekskill Memorial

In the next five years Westchester would make a complete recovery from its wartime losses. By 1870 its population would grow by 30%, industry would be rebuilt, and Westchester would more fully abandon its rural roots.

Memories of the war were kept alive in official terms via veterans' associations; the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) had several posts in Westchester County. The GAR was the first national organization dedicated to the interests of veterans. Previous to the Civil War era, veterans were cared for on local and state levels. The GAR, a fraternal entity based on the military hierarchy, worked to provide aid for veterans and their families.


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