Grand Army of the Republic
Paul Vandervoort, the 11th Commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, was born in Ohio, July 12, 1846. He enlisted before he was 16 years of age in the 68th Illinois Infantry and reenlisted in Company M, 16th Illinois Cavalry and served in the 9th and 23rd Corps and Cavalry Corps of Military Division of Mississippi. He was taken prisoner and confined to Andersonville and other southern prisons for a year. He was discharged August 1, 1865, as sergeant.
He joined the Grand Army of the Republic in Illinois in 1866 and helped reorganize the Department of Nebraska. He was Provisional Commander and then elected Department Commander and in 1878 he was elected Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief. In 1882 he received the highest office in the organization, Commander-in-Chief and presided in Denver, Colorado. He died July 29, 1902 at Puerto Principe, Cuba.
At his Encampment, the National Woman's Relief Corps was given the honor as the official Auxiliary to Grand Army of the Republic. He was made an honorary member of the National Woman's Relief Corps.
Final Journal of the Grand Army of the Republic, 1957. Compiled by Cora Gillis, Jamestown, New York, Past National President, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, Inc. and last National Secretary of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Lorraine Orton, Past Department President
Woman's Relief Corps, Aux. to GAR
Camillus, New York
November 25, 1999