Documents, Historical Images

June 3, 1939

The Guardian

Boston, Massachusetts

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This photograph from The Guardian June 3, 1939 depicts Rev. Dr. E. George Biddle, last surviving member of the Robert A. Bell Post, 134, G.A.R., and the only survivor of the 55th Massachusetts Regiment. Reverend Biddle participated in the 1939 Memorial Day exercises at age 94. He died the following year.


Questions to Consider

  1. Why was it important for veterans of the Robert A. Bell Post to participate in Memorial Day exercises?
  2. How did the Memorial Day exercises help fulfill the Bell Post’s goal of influencing Civil War memory?




Who was one of the very G.A.R. survivors able to participate in Memorial Day Services – Is Chaplain of Mass. State Dept.

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