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Alexander K. Thorpe  POST #86, G.A.R., Belfast, Allegany County – NY

 

# 86 - Belfast - Chartered May 14, 1879.
Captain Alexander K. Thorp, Co. F., 1st NY Dragoons. Born 1828; brother of Thomas J. Thorp, Lt. Col. of 85th NYSV and Col. of 1st NY Dragoons; joined at Portage as 2d Lt. Aug. 1862; promoted to Captain Dec. 1862; KIA Sept. 19, 1864 at Winchester, Va.; buried in the Short Tract Cemetery, Granger, NY.  (SEE PHOTOS)

 

 I think this is a piece of Belfast history that should not be forgotten.

The attachment is a photo of Captain Alexander K. Thorp, who the GAR post in Belfast was named after. Alexander K. Thorp was killed at Winchester VA., Sept. 19th 1864. I found this photo in a civil war era album along with his brothers Thomas J. Thorp and Simeon M. Thorp. Thomas J. Thorp was the Colonel of the lst NY Dragoons and brother Simeon Thorp was a state senator from Kansas and head of the state education system during the civil war. Simeon was killed by the guerilla Quantrell during his raid on Lawrence KS.

David Stewart
Bedford, TX.

Their badge was the official Grand Army of the Republic Medal which can be viewed along with history of the Organization at the website of "Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War".

The SUVCW is one of five Allied Orders of the GAR. The other four Orders are: Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, Woman's Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

The website of "Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War" is: :  http://www.suvcw.org
Other Website Pages in NY Department, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War:
Department of New York Monuments - Allegany County Page
Department of New York Monuments Home Page
Department of New York Home Page
 
 

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