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Monday, June 11, 2012

This group of men having served in the Civil War, joined the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.). The ribbons that this group of men are wearing has printed on them, Appleton, Post No. 365, Dept. of Mo.. On this group picture, you can see that several of these men are wearing this G.A.R. pin in their hats. We believe that: John Winkler is 4th from the left in the first row. Frank Winkler is 2nd from the right in the back row. The original picture was hanging on my Grandma Victoria (Unterreiner) Wucher's upstairs bedroom wall. This leads me to believe that there must be family in this photo, either Unterreiner or Wucher. Can anyone else help identify these men? Do you have any information about them or this G.A.R. group?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Jonell McNeely identified the man standing in the back row, second from left, as Casper Ludwig, who was a brewer at Old Appleton. She believes that the two men standing to his left and right may be his son and brother.

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I am the one who submitted this photo of the G.A.R.. I have finally found out why they are gathered together and one of them is holding a bouquet of flowers. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and this was an important time for Civil War veterans. They would honor veterans of all the wars by decorating their graves with flowers, wreaths, flags, etc.. I have searched for years trying to find out why the flower bouquet, no one ever knew. It's nice to finally have an answer. Now, I need your help to find more of the names of these Civil War veterans. HELP, maybe ask your grandparents for some info. Please.

-- Posted by dorth on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 8:40 PM

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