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 Subj: Inquiry about marker
Date: 11/09/2003 8:41:46 PM Eastern Standard Time
To: JoyceTice

Ms Tice
Attached in an image (.jpg) of a marker I recently found on my great grandmother's grave in South Bridgton, Maine. Her name was Rebecca R. Merrill, widow of my great grandfather Stephen Merrill who died of wounds received in the Civil War.The marker was on her grave.  If you can tell what it means I will appreciate it.

Tom Merrill

Subj:  Re: Inquiry about marker
Date:  11/10/2003 7:00:10 AM Eastern Standard Time
From:  JoyceTice

Hi Tom, I do have W.S.R.C. listed in the Flagholder section of my site, but did not have a photo of a marker until yours came in. I will use yours. I believe WSRC is similar to WRC (Women's Relief Corps) which is explained on the site. It may even be a predecessor of it since this has a date of 1869 and the WRC gives 1883 as its founding date. I am guessing Women's Service Relief Corps. The bulk of my library remains unpacked since my move last year, so I am unable to check my references. Perhaps one of our other guests can answer the question for us. 

In a message dated 6/11/2009 3:18:48 PM Eastern Standard Time, Orton50 writes:
I was looking at your web site and saw the question regarding the WSRC 1869 flag marker.  That stands for     Woman's State Relief Corps that was established as Bosworth post state society in Maine.  The organization became national but the Maine state society refused to join with the national organization. They remained separate.  They lasted until about 1948.  The Woman's Relief Corps flag marker has the year 1883 on it because that was the year they were asked by the Grand Army of the Republic to be their auxillary.

Lorraine Orton
National Historian
Woman's Relief Corps

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