Welcome!


Welcome to our web site! We’re so glad that you decided to stop by and learn more about us and what we do.

The ladies of Kady Brownell Tent #36 take great pride in our shared heritage and our service to our local community. We are direct lineal descendants (daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, and so on) of honorably discharged soldiers and sailors who served in the Union Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Revenue Cutter Service during the American Civil War (1861-1865). We invite women who are passionate about history, patriotism, education, and veterans’ issues to join us! 

Many women in New York are able to find a Union Veteran of the Civil War in their family tree; they just need to know where to look. The current abundance of free online vital records makes researching one’s family history easier than ever. Kady Brownell Tent #36 is an inclusive and diverse group, and we’re very proud of that. Our group enthusiastically welcomes prospective members from all backgrounds and of all generations. If you want to join us, we’ll work with you to find a way to make it happen.

Tent #36 is named after Mrs. Kady Brownell, a vivandiere who served in 1st and 5th Rhode Island Infantry, had the distinction of becoming the only female member of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.)* in 1867, and was awarded a pension by the United States Government in 1884 for her service during the Civil War. To learn more about this incredible woman’s life, please visit her page.

Our group meets at least four times a year, from September through May, at locations throughout Long Island. Our 2016 Meeting Calendar may be viewed here. Some of the annual activities we partake in include President Grant's Birthday Celebration at the General Grant National Memorial (a.k.a. Grant's Tomb) and the Massing of the Colors at St. Thomas Church in New York City. We also plan group trips into Manhattan to visit Civil War exhibits at various museums and historical societies. In December, we have the privilege of treating our modern-day patriots at The Veterans’ Place to a holiday luncheon. We’re grateful to have so many opportunities to show our appreciation to our veterans and to celebrate American history together.

Please explore this site and learn more about our passion for American history and our commitment to service. Questions, if any, may be delivered to our email address: KadyBrownellTent36DUVCW1@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!




* as a member of Elias Howe Post #4, Bridgeport, CT, per Jamestown Evening Journal (NY), Jan. 30, 1906, p. 9





Newspaper image  courtesy of The New York Herald, Sunday, December 29, 1895, p. 3