Special Order No. 21 - Organization of the Post
A charter having been granted, upon application of D. H. Hall
and others for the formation of a Post of the Grand Army of the
Republic in the town of Acton. Asst. Adjt. Gen. James F. Meade
is hereby instructed to organize said Post to be known as Post
No 138 Department of Massachusetts and to make a detailed report
of his proceedings to this officer without delay.
Asst I M Gen. Geo. L. Goodale will accompany the A. A. G.
and assist in the organization of the Post. He will also furnish
necessary books and blanks for the use of Post No 138 upon its
By order of
George H. Patch (signed)
James F. Meade Asst Adjut Gen (signed) Department Commander
Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G. A. R. was organized
at West Acton, under the above order on May 2nd 1882 with thirty-eight
(38) Charter Members with Head-quarters at West Acton and Charles
W. Parker for its first commander. That old revolutionary hero,
who fell at Old North Bridge Concord on April 19th 1775. It was
named after him.
It has borne on its rolls the names of one hundred
and fourteen (114) Comrades, eleven (11) of whom have died, nine
(9) have been given transfer cards, nine (9) have been dropped
from the rolls, leaving eighty-five (85) members now on the rolls
in good standing.
It has been a prosperous Post from the start
and helpful to all old soldiers in many ways, not only with its
sympathy but with its funds, having paid out about Eight hundred
Dollars ($800.00) from its funds for relief of the sick and needy
of the Post. And it still has several hundred dollars to its credit
for further work.
Hon. William A. Wilde in his unique and costly
gift to the town of Acton of the Memorial Library, fitted up and
dedicated to the use of this Post as long as the old soldiers
shall live, the beautiful hall of this building.
The flag of this Post has been borne by its members
at the following National Encampments G. A. R. Portland 1885:
San Francisco 1886: Boston 1888- Detroit 1891- Washington D. C.