This monument appears to be the southernmost erected by the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), the Union Civil War veterans association. It is also certainly one of the last erected by this organization as by that time membership was significantly diminished - in 1939 64 years had passed since the end of the Civil War.
The monument was erected by the Henry Clay Roome Post No. 42 GAR of Miami Florida, and was dedicated on April 12, 1939. A program from this dedication ceremony includes a photograph of the monument at that time that appears to show this concrete monument to have been painted white.
The bronze dedication plaque on this monument has the names of 92 individuals. According to the dedication program, this includes post founder Charles J. Rose and 91 Union veterans of the post; by the end of 1938 he was the sole survivor. Captain C. J. Rose was present at the dedication of the monument. Captain Rose came to Florida in 1891 and established a homestead in what is today greater Miami.
The program futher states that the monument was dedicated during the 56th encampment. This probably refers to a post of Florida encampment as the GAR did not hold national encampments in the south. The program does say that the Dunn Bus Company transported "the entire Convention from Hotel Everglades to the Woodlawn Cemetery" for the dedication.
This monument is quite significant because of its location in far south Florida and its late date.
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