Grand Army of the Republic
Isaac W. Sharp
Commander-in-Chief
1944 / 1945



Isaac W. Sharp was born March 9, 1848, Troy, Miami, Ohio. He derived his membership from his service in Company G, 1st Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. After the Civil War, he and his wife lived and taught in Ohio until they moved to Warsaw, Kosciusko, Indiana in 1888 and was a school teacher and later principle of several schools until his retirement.

He was elected to two terms as Department of Indiana Commander from the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Post #114, Warsaw, Kosciusko, Indiana in 1942 and 1943. Then at the 78th National GAR Encampment at Des Moines, Iowa, September 10 - September 15, 1944, he was elected Commander-in-Chief. He would locate National Headquarters in Warsaw, Kosciusko, Indiana

At that time the GAR had only 249 members and during his term in office 86 more of his comrades would die. He would pass the leadership at the 79th National Encampment, held at Columbus, Ohio, to Hiram R. Gale of Seattle, Washington.

He was 98 when he died in November 10, 1946 the last surviving Civil War Veteran living in Kosciusko County Indiana. Isaac W. Sharp is buried in Oakwood cemetery, Warsaw, Kosciusko County, Indiana, Block 78, Lot 5. He was survived by two daughters, Mrs. John A. Sloane, wife of the Kosciusko Circuit Judge, and Miss Frances Sharp, both of Warsaw.

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Sources:
1.Indianapolis Star 11-11-46 Page 10, Column 3
2.Indiana Biography Series. Volume 31, Page 14
3.Indianapolis News, Indianapolis, Indiana March 9 1945, Page 14, Column 4
4.An Oral and Pictorial History, Volumn II, by Daniel L. Coplen for the
Kosciusko County Historical Society, 1997 page 96-97 with picture. Sue
Zellers, Chairman Genealogy Section, Kosciusko County, Historical Society,
PO Box 1071, Warsaw, IN 46581
5.NARA T288 Roll 424, General Pension Index, Isaac W. Sharp, Company G,
1st Ohio Cavalry

Submitted by:
Stephen Bruce Bauer
Signal Officer
Department of Indiana
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
December 27, 2000

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