You can periodically search eBay for letters, souvenir programs and other Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) items. Possibly one will mention your ancestor. In a recent search, I used the terms “Indiana GAR” and another search with “Kansas GAR” which are 2 places my ancestor lived after the war.
Although I did not find him this time, here are examples of what you might find. One photo showed officers of the GAR, but the print on the picture was too small to read. In the eBay description, it told who was in the picture.
An Original And Historic Cabinet Photo, Showing Eleven Photos On One Card – Commander Is TH Soward – Staff is WW Martin, JW Feighn, B Kelly, AB Armeat, OH Couttes, HZ Gill, AH Limrick, RG Ward, and I cant make out the names of the lower left and lower right photos names. Soward And Martin Are Wearing GAR Medals. From the little research I did it appears TH Soward was Commander of 22nd Regiment, Kansas Milita Infantry And Was Department Commander Of The Grand Army Of The Republic
If one of those names were what I sought, I’d be ecstatic. I’m not sure I’d spring the $125 to get it, but I’d sure be tempted.
Here are other examples of what you mght find:
Here’s the kind of information that this included: age, where born, where he lived at the time of the application, his occupation and details of his service.
Take a look at this interesting example:
Take a look on eBay. Who knows what you might find!