The National Tribune: The Postwar Mouthpiece of the GAR is Online!

by Brett Schulte on January 29, 2011 · 8 comments

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at The Siege of Petersburg Online: Beyond the Crater.

While in the process of reading John J. Fox’s excellent new book on the defense of Fort Gregg and Fort Whitworth at Petersburg, I ran across several references to the National Tribune, a monthly and then weekly newspaper published from 1877-1917. The National Tribune was essentially the newspaper of the Grand Army of the Republic, the largest and most famous of the postwar Union veteran organizations. Its pages are filled with first person accounts of famous Civil War battles, including those fought during the Siege of Petersburg.

The National Tribune: A Post Civil War Veterans NewspaperWhy am I giving you a little history lesson on the National Tribune? Because I found the entire run of the newspaper online in image form at the Library of Congress! This is a treasure trove of the reminiscences of Union veterans, and I plan to eventually post articles from the National Tribune pertaining to the Siege of Petersburg in Beyond the Crater’s Siege of Petersburg Resources section.

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RobW January 29, 2011 at 9:51 am

Actually this is not quite a full run. Some years are missing. I especially noticed that 1905 is missing, because I have been searching for an article from that year.


admin January 29, 2011 at 10:33 am


Thanks for the clarification. I flipped through to various years, but never went through the entire list. In my excitement I failed to be thorough. Hopefully the LOC or someone else fills in the gaps over the years.


Fred Ray January 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Thanks, Brett. Beats cranking thru all that microfilm. I see also that Google Books has many issues of Confederate Veteran available, altho it seems not all of them.


Jennifer Jackson April 11, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I have the newspaper The National Tribune 1905. It goes from Sept. 1905 through Dec. 1905. I’m trying to sell it.


mike Klinger June 29, 2012 at 8:41 am

Hi Do you happen to have ma 2nd 1912?


Brett Schulte June 29, 2012 at 10:31 am


I don’t have any copies of the National Tribune which aren’t online at the Library of Congress web site.



carmen July 9, 2014 at 3:39 pm

I have a calander dated 1912. It was published by the national tribune. It has all the corp badges on it. I have been trying to find out more about it and I am willing to sell it. I have pictures of it if anyone is interested in seeing them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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