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About the Robert Finch Camp No. 14
Camp 14 is named for Sgt. Robert Finch, who served in the First Michigan Sharpshooters, Sgt. Finch was wounded during the Battle of the North Anna River. After the War, Finch became a successful businessman.
In 1885 he became the second charter member of Grand Haven’s Weatherwax GAR Post 75. Finch Later moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he was instrumental in raising funds to create a monument honoring the Sharpshooters.The monument now graces the State Capital grounds in Lansing. Robert Finch passed away on February 10, 1924.
Camp No. 14 represents sixteen Northern Michigan counties.
Camp No. 14 originally was based in Grand Rapids until it petitioned to relocate to Traverse City, a convenient location for members and potential members in the area. John LaRue was the first Commander in that location.
We are proud to be the oldest, active Camp in the Department of Michigan, dating from March 26, 1914.Our goal is to carry on the traditions begun by the Garand Army of the Republic, We are a patriotic and educational organization that perpetuates the memory of the United States Soldiers, Sailors and Marines of that great struggle.
Grave location and registration
Camp 14 is part of a state-wide effort to document the final resting place of every Civil War soldier in Michigan. To date, we have located over 1500 Union veteran graves in our region. This database enables us to connect family member and genealogists with their long lost soldier-ancestors. We make regular visits to cemeteries to record the condition of gravestones and order replacements should the originals become damaged or unreadable. We also order stones for veterans buried as unknown or in pauper graves.
Robert Finch in uniform
Robert Finch postwar