The Grand Army of the Republic's Department of Washington and Alaska, like all Departments of the GAR, met in an annual convention called an Encampment.  At the annual Encampment, officers were elected and other official business was conducted.  It was also an opportunity for GAR members to socialize and reminisce on their Civil War experiences.

To learn more about the individual GAR Posts within the Department of Washington and Alaska, please see here.

Below are listed the currently researched annual Encampments of the GAR Department of Washington and Alaska.


Number
Year
Date(s)
Location
Additional Information
Commander
Term
GAR Post of Dept. Commander**





Frederick W. Sparling*
10 Jul 1878-1883

1st
1883
20 Jun
Olympia
Proceedings
George D. Hill*
28 Mar-20 Jun 1883
2nd
1884
16-17 Apr
Vancouver

George D. Hill
1883-1884
3rd
1885
15-16 Apr
Vancouver

Henry A. Morrow
1884-1885
Ellsworth Post 2
4th
1886
21-22 Apr
Walla Walla

1885-1886
5th
1887
20-21 Apr
Tacoma

Charles M. Holton
1886-1887
Meade Post 9
6th
1888
18-19 Apr
Seattle

Amos P. Curry
1887-1888
Sedgwick Post 8
7th
1889
24-26 Apr
Spokane Falls

1888-1889
8th
1890
30 Apr-1 May
Ellensburg

Samuel G. Cosgrove
1889-1890
McDowell Post 22
9th
1891
22-24 Apr
Puyallup

Marcus M. Holmes
1890-1891
10th
1892
8-10 Jun
Fairhaven

Don G. Lovell
1891-1892
11th
1893
14-15 Jun
North Yakima

Josiah S. Brown
1892-1893
12th
1894
20-22 Jun
Olympia

1893-1894
Lt. Cushing Post 56
13th
1895
12-15 Jun
Spokane

John N. Scott
1894-1895
Farragut Post 15
14th
1896
16-18 Jun
Tacoma

Norman Buck
1895-1896
Sedgwick Post 8
15th
1897
17-18 Jun
Vancouver

Charles T. Patterson
1896-1897
John A. Winslow Post 87
16th
1898
14-16 Jun
Walla Walla

John F. McLean
1897-1898
Abraham Lincoln Post 4
17th
1899
20-22 Jun
Seattle

George W. Tibbetts
1898-1899
18th
1900
12-13 Jun
Ellensburg

James W. Langley
1899-1900
John F. Miller Post 31
19th
1901
25-27 Jun
Tacoma

Benjamin R. Freeman
1900-1901
20th
1902
24-25 Jun
Everett

Harry A. Bigelow
1901-1902


*Provisional Department Commander

**At time of appointment or election


Note: This is not a complete list of the annual encampments of this Department through its entire history.  As additional encampments are identified, they will be added.