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Woman's Relief Corps


The National Woman's Relief Corps (W.R.C.) was organized as an auxiliary of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), at their request, in Denver, Colorado on July 25-26, 1883. They were officially incorporated by an Act of Congress in 1962. The purpose of the Corps was to assist the GAR in its efforts, eventually to support veterans of all wars and to inculcate lessons of patriotism among children and communities. The Corps is still an active organization. Members do not have to have an ancestor who was eligible for membership on the GAR. (National Park Service)

The Vermont Department of the W.R.C. was organized on 4 February 1885, and continues in operation, today, working with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW).

This article will attempt to identify the posts of the Vermont Department, where material on the organization can be found, who were the guiding lights of the organization, and additional information as may be found.