The G.A.R. Civil War Memorial (Monument & Plot), located in Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California, was built and dedicated by the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) members in honor of the former Civil War Union Army soldiers on Memorial Day, May 30, 1893.
Major Edwin W. Woodward, who originally enlisted for Civil War service with the 'California Hundred,' returned to California and in 1893 was elected commander of Lyon Post No. 8, of the Grand Army of the Republic. Major Woodward raised the financial funds to erect the G.A.R. Civil War Memorial which stands in Mountain View Cemetery. 1 The plot has a flag pole and is flanked by cannons. Originally the plot was surrounded by a ring of cannonballs, but beginning in late 2013, the remaining cannonballs were replaced with a stone wall and the tombstones near the edge of the plot were turned to face inward.
Notable Oaklanders buried in the G.A.R. plot include Obediah Summers and John London (Jack London's adoptive father).
Links and References
A History of the New California: Its Resources and People (Page 736) Edited by Leigh Hadley Irvine
- GAR Civil War Memorial, Mountain View Cemetery - Oakland, CA WayMaking
- Mountain View Cemetery History is All Around Us
Mountain View Cemetery: Grand Army of the Republic Our Oakland
Grand Army of the Republic Wikipedia