Scholars do not generally say that much about the activities of the Grand Army of the Republic on the West Coast (I’m working on fixing that…). But I assure you, they were up to many of the same things as their GAR comrades around the rest of the country…but with a western style all their own. I recently stumbled across this shot of a GAR memorial service at a cemetery in Santa Barbara around 1880. More on these guys later. For now, just enjoy the shot.