Clipped From The Philadelphia Inquirer
0. 1. R. OFFERS HOME US CifY MUSEUM Veterans Fear Valuable War Relics Will Be Lost When Last Man Passes Only 68 Members Left With No Recruits Coming In, Says Letter to Mayor The fast-dwindling Civil War veterans of this city, as rerjresented in Post Xo. 2. Grand Army of the Republic, will shortly turn over to the city their home at 0G7-6G9 North Twelfth street for occupancy as a Civil War Museum. James J. Quigley. Post Quartermaster, has offered the building and its piiceles store of historical relics, to the city. Mayor Kendrick has informed City Council that if the structure and its contents can be acquired, that such step would meet with his hearty approval. Charles B. Hall, president of Council, has referred the matter to the Committee on City Property and Service for investigation and action. It is believed lively the city will take possession in the near future. The generous offer of Philadelphia's grand old soldiers presents additional evidence that has been sadly forthcoming as each year passes by, of the reduction that death has made in the ranks of the veterans. Only 68 Members Left This post proudly established at a time when the Union emerged tr.um warriors who had fought under Meade and McCltllan and Giai.t arid Sherman and the other doughty leaders who were the Pershings of their time. Just si.Tt.v-eifiht now remain in the membership. There is no way for reciuits to enter this militant o; ganization. Every vcar takes it toll. 1 hilad-'iiilna will soon pay honor to the last of its Civil War eterans. Iew wars nave snoved tne shambles of the Rebellion into almost ancient history. The vigorous tread of American l egionnaires, of the Vet- gray-haired soldiers in bme. The post building, assembly place for so many brothers in arms, whose walls have listened, for many a year, to tales, colorfully painted, of hard-foufht f-simtii iirns. of tents and bar- i rfuks. of feuds and friendships, of bat- phant from tne oatties or tne ueoei- , lion, once numbered thousands of the I j tie lust and wartime escapades, is repository for a host of relics of the Rebellion. The veterans are fearful lest their honored home and their treasured collections might, as they themselves pass byond, be destroyed or despoiled. And so thev offer building and relics to the city without cost. Quartermaster Quigley explains the offer in the following letter to the Mayor: "Heing a member of Post 2. Grand Army of the Republic. I am interested in the disposition of our building located 607-O9 North Twelfth street. Our membership has dwindled to sixty-eight and our ranks are rapidly thinning; no recruits to come in; in a short time it will be a last man's organization. "I thought if there was some way for the city to be interested and take possession of the building and contents, this being a well classified collection of Civil War relics, it could be turned into a Civil War Museum until Victory Hall is built and then all removed there. If the building is sold these relics 1 wilil be cast to the four winds.