First edition. 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" red, white and blue, string-tied buffalo head design, n. p. (94 pp.), illustrated, portraits. This official souvenir book of the 31st reunion lists the officers of the G.A.R. with their photographs, describes various auxiliary units (Women’s Relief Corps, Daughters of Veterans, etc.), chronicles the contributions of the state of New York, Buffalo and Erie Counties in the war as well as an enumeration of companies by unit type. However, about 75% of the booklet is devoted to a description of Buffalo and its attractions with photographs of various buildings, businesses, street scenes, residents, parks, etc. The encampments began in 1866, one year after the close of the Civil War, and this is the 31st consecutive year that it had been held. A wonderfully visual piece. Small gift inscription on rear inside cover, a tiny old water stain to bottom edge of some rear pages, but not affecting the text or pictures, a small crease to bottom edge of front cover, else a very good, internally clean copy.
Inventory Number: 43232