Grand Army of the Republic
Louis Wagner, ninth Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, was born in Giessen, Germany, August 4, 1838 and came to the United States at the age of 11. In August 1861, he was commissioned first lieutenant, Company D, 78th Pennsylvania Volunteers. At the end of the war he was brevetted brigadier general. He was wounded at the Second Battle of Bull Run.
After the war he was recorder of deeds and director of pubic works at Philadelphia. He was a charter member and first Commander of Post No. 6, Germantown, Pennsylvania, November 13, 1866. In 1867 he was elected Department Commander; Junior Vice in 1870 Commander-in-Chief; Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief in 1871-72; and Commander-in-Chief in 1880. From 1868 to 1913 he missed but two sessions of the national encampment. Louis Wagner died January 15, 1914, at his home in Germantown, Pennsylvania.
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