Department of Illinois SUVCW

Department of Illinois SUVCW Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
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The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is a patriotic and educational organization. It was founded on November 12, 1881 and incorporated by Act of Congress August 20, 1954. The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is the legal heir to and representative of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Mission: Honoring Union Veterans The SUVCW cooperates in doing honor to all who have patriotically served our country in any war. The Order participates with other organizations in the proper observance of Memorial Day (May 30th), which was established by the GAR in 1868, seeks out and marks the graves of Civil War veterans; observes the care and upkeep of Civil War Memorials and brings any failure to do so to the attention of the proper authorities. Preserving & Perpetuating the GAR The SUVCW assists in the preservation and making available for research, the documents and records pertaining to the Grand Army of the Republic and its members. The Order ensures that the condition of signage along U.S. Route 6, the GAR highway, is properly maintained. The SUVCW supplies scholarships, funding to the annual Lincoln Memorial and Tomb Ceremonies, and to the Gettysburg Remembrance Day Ceremony, which includes the country's largest Civil War parade, held on the third Saturday in November. Grants for Civil War Memorial preservation are also provided. Meetings and Encampments (conventions) are still conducted according to the tradition and rituals of the GAR. Patriotic Education The SUVCW's patriotic education includes teaching patriotism and the duties of citizenship, the true history of our country, and the love and respect for our Flag. Each year, the Order conducts presentations to schools and communities. The SUVCW encourages the proper teaching of American history in our schools. It keeps the public informed of activities and measures that violate or may weaken the spirit and purposes of our country's Constitution and institutions. It promotes and broadly sustains the American principles of representative government, of equal rights and impartial justice for all.

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Saving History Saturday: Big News For Grant Cottage
09/05/2020
Saving History Saturday: Big News For Grant Cottage

Saving History Saturday: Big News For Grant Cottage

In a recent virtual meeting, the Department of the Interior’s National Historic Landmark Committee unanimously approved the recommendation to make Grant Cottage a national historic landmark. …

Annual Gettysburg Remembrance Day Parade
09/03/2020

Annual Gettysburg Remembrance Day Parade

About the SUVCW
08/13/2020
About the SUVCW

About the SUVCW

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of veteran heroes who fought and worked to save the Union in the Ameri…

08/02/2020
Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

We have just learned that Past CinC Richard Orr passed away today. Our deepest condolences are sent to his family and the many brothers and sisters of the order. Rest In Peace Brother Orr.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization
07/03/2020

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization

Brothers,We must sadly report that the National Encampment, scheduled for August 13-16 in Atlanta, has been cancelled.  ...
07/03/2020

Brothers,

We must sadly report that the National Encampment, scheduled for August 13-16 in Atlanta, has been cancelled. Restrictions and Executive Orders related to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic have made this necessary. The National Organization is examining alternatives so that the business of the Order can be completed. Information will be shared by National as it comes avaiable.

It is our unfortunate duty to inform our Brothers that the annual National Encampment scheduled for August 13th-16th, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia has been cancelled due to the current COVID-19 situation. Due to Executive Orders issued by a Georgia Governor Kemp, the hotel hosting the event is unable to continue to host it. A Committee has been appointed to investigate possible alternatives. More information will be shared as it becomes available. We continue to encourage our members to continue to good health practices during this time and want all of our Brothers to remain safe and healthy. Once more, more information will be shared as it becomes available and as we continue to address the current situation.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization
07/03/2020

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization

It is our unfortunate duty to inform our Brothers that the annual National Encampment scheduled for August 13th-16th, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia has been cancelled due to the current COVID-19 situation. Due to Executive Orders issued by a Georgia Governor Kemp, the hotel hosting the event is unable to continue to host it. A Committee has been appointed to investigate possible alternatives. More information will be shared as it becomes available. We continue to encourage our members to continue to good health practices during this time and want all of our Brothers to remain safe and healthy. Once more, more information will be shared as it becomes available and as we continue to address the current situation.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization
07/02/2020

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization

There were thousands of soldiers from all over the world who enlisted and fought for both sides. These included soldiers from Canada, where many Union veterans would return to after the war establishing several G.A.R. Posts. Currently we have several Brothers who are members of our Order who also reside in Canada. In recognition of today being Canada Day, and to honor our Brothers from Canada, we will be featuring several Canadian Union Civil War veterans over the next few days. Today, we feature Calixa Lavallee, composer of O’Canada, the Canadian National Anthem. Lavallee was in Providence, Rhode Island in September 1861, when he enlisted as a “musician, first class” in the Fourth Rhode Island Regiment of the Union Army, soon becoming its principal cornet. He was apparently wounded in the leg at the Battle of Antietam in Maryland. Discharged in the fall of 1862, he returned to Canada the following year.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization
07/02/2020

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization

On this day in history, 157 years ago, a division of Confederate infantry under the command of Major General Henry Heth moved toward the little town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in force. Heth had sent elements of his division ahead of the main body of his troops in order to provide reconnaissance. When these forces reached Gettysburg, fighting broke out when they encountered lead elements of the Union Army Of The Potomac in the form of two cavalry brigades commanded by Brigadier General John Buford who held the high ground around the Lutheran Seminary blocking their advance into Gettysburg. Fighting broke out as the Confederate infantry tried to push the Union cavalry out of the way. Soon Union infantry support arrived from the army’s first corps commanded by Major General John Reynolds. Reynolds would be killed by Confederate forces later in the day. The fighting would continue to escalate until Union forces were forced to withdraw from their positions, reforming along the ridges just outside of town. What would become the largest military conflict ever fought on the North American continent, the Battle of Gettysburg had begun.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization
06/30/2020

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization

Congratulations to our Brothers in the area which is proposed to be serviced by a newly proposed Department of Alabama! On June 25th at the annual Encampment of the Department of Tennessee, a motion was passed to pursue the steps to form the new Department. This action was officially recognized by our Commander In Chief Brother Edward Norris the following day with General Order #28. These Brothers still have a few steps to complete before the proposed Department can be officially chartered, but they have received permission to pursue those steps in order to form that Department. Our Brothers from across the nation want to reach out to the Brothers in Major James H. Wilson Camp #1, Major General John T. Croxton Camp #17, and Private Richard Taylor Camp #53, and congratulate them on this new milestone, and the proposed addition of a a new Department of Alabama.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization
05/24/2020

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.
Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization
05/19/2020

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization

The Gettysburg Museum Of History
05/17/2020

The Gettysburg Museum Of History

Aerial view of the 1938 Gettysburg reunion encampment. Original photo from the Gettysburg Museum Of History archives.
www.GettysburgMuseumOfHistory.com
#1938GettysburgReunion #GettysburgMuseumOfHistory #GettysburgFromTheArchvies

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05/10/2020

We are working on getting quotes for hat badges for your kepis. Historic models are made of velvet. The question would be if you would prefer felt or velvet if the price were close enough?

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Collapse unearthed remains of civil war soldiers at the Vicksburg National Cemetery - Vicksburg Daily News
05/08/2020
Collapse unearthed remains of civil war soldiers at the Vicksburg National Cemetery - Vicksburg Daily News

Collapse unearthed remains of civil war soldiers at the Vicksburg National Cemetery - Vicksburg Daily News

From the Vicksburg National Military Park Archeologists from the National Park Service’s Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) are recovering the remains of Civil War soldiers from the collapsed section of the Vicksburg National Cemetery. The remains will be removed from graves that were part of t...

Group cleans soldiers’ headstones in Aurora
01/15/2020
Group cleans soldiers’ headstones in Aurora

Group cleans soldiers’ headstones in Aurora

Some of the oldest headstones in Spring Lake Cemetery in Aurora received some much-needed attention Saturday, thanks to a team of volunteers.

Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
08/05/2019

Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Safe travels to all who will be attending the National Encampment this week.

Note: The Hotel will be providing a Breakfast buffet on Friday - Sunday for the cost of $10 , They will also provide a Lunch buffet on Friday and Saturday for the cost of $14, there will also be a box lunch option available for $10.

I am attaching here for everyone the TENTATIVE ASUVCW Schedule as included in the Voice. You will receive the final schedule at registration.

08/03/2019

Would all Illinois Brothers attending the National Encampment next weekend please email DC Reineke and Chief of Staff Westlake before Tuesday so we can arrange a Delegation Dinner together and make sure credentials and schedules are sorted. Thank you.

Rest peacefully, Brother. Your pain is no longer.
07/28/2019

Rest peacefully, Brother. Your pain is no longer.

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Brother David McReynolds, PDC, National Treasurer, on Saturday evening. In accordance with Commander-in-Chief Don Shaw's upcoming General Order, all Charters and Badges should be draped for 30 days.

Please keep David's loving family in your thoughts and prayers.

You will be ever in our hearts, Brother. Your bravery and tender affection never wavered as you fought this battle. Rest at last, in abiding peace.

Patriotic American
07/17/2019

Patriotic American

The Gettysburg Museum Of History
07/01/2019

The Gettysburg Museum Of History

156 years ago today the battle of Gettysburg began. Please take a moment to reflect on those who died and suffered and what their sacrifice means to you and our county. Please share this simple message.
#BattleOfGettysburg #GettysburgMuseumOfHistory #JulyFIrst1863 #Gettysburg156 #Respect #Freedom

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization
05/30/2019

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization

We are called upon, as Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, to honor the day set aside by the Grand Army of the Republic as Memorial Day. While Camps and Departments conduct many ceremonies and participate in may events over the weekend and the Federal Memorial Day, we keep May 30 close to our heart in solemn respect of those who came before:

General Order No. 11

Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic Washington, D.C., May 5, 1868

I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose, among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their death a tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the Nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude,--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.

II. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

III. Department commanders will use every effort to make this order effective.

By command of:
JOHN A. LOGAN,
Commander-in-Chief.

N. P. CHIPMAN,
Adjutant-General.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization
04/18/2019

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization

Taps is sounded. Remembering the Boys in Blue.

Fraternity. Charity. Loyalty.

03/12/2019
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How my Tuesday is going... 😂😍

03/11/2019

Spring is near. That means just 2 months until the Department Encampment in Peoria. Who's excited?

SUVCW John A. Logan Camp #26
10/05/2018

SUVCW John A. Logan Camp #26

THIS JUST IN: General George Meade, as portrayed by Brother David Eisele, to appear at Mid-Term Encampment ceremony in historic Greenwood Cemetery.

This year's SUVCW Department of Illinois Mid-Term Encampment will be hosted by the John A. Logan Camp #26 in Rockford on Saturday Oct 27. The events of the day are as follows:

10:00 am - Greenwood Cemetery, Women's Relief Corp Plot, 1101 Auburn St., Rockford
Rededication ceremony, brief presentation on the cemetery's Civil War related history and comments from General Meade. Brothers are asked to attend in uniform as this will be promoted in the media and used to help raise awareness and recruit new members.

11:00 am - Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford, gather for social hour

Noon – Lunch catered by Famous Dave’s Barbeque

1:00 pm – Mid-Term Encampment meeting
The cost for lunch is$15.00, send check payable to Logan Camp #26 to:
Bill Johnson, 3055 Freeport Rd., Rockton, IL 61072. Checks must be received October 20.

The Veterans Site
09/29/2018

The Veterans Site

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Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization
07/04/2018

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization

The Gettysburg Museum Of History
07/01/2018

The Gettysburg Museum Of History

155 years ago today the battle of Gettysburg began. Please take a moment to reflect on those who died and suffered and what their sacrifice means to you and our county. Please share this simple message.
#BattleOfGettysburg #GettysburgMuseumOfHistory #JulyFIrst1863 #Gettysburg155 #Respect #Freedom

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The Department of Illinois consists of 9 local camps or groups, 1 auxiliary, one LGAR circle, one DUVCW tent, 1 MOLLUS commandery, 2 Women's Relief Corps and 1 NSDU chapter. Combined with the other 25 departments we form the national organization.

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Department of Illinois 2020 Annual Encampment in zoom form June 13
I would like to join the SUVCW. I have tried to contact my local group but no answer.
How do I join? I tried to contact the camp in Tuscola. But I never received a response.
Today April 18, 2020 Col. Friedrich K. Hecker Camp #443 Department of Illinois SUVCW shared this post. Due to the Stay at Home Orders the National Lincoln Death Day Observance and the Department of Illinois Dr. Stephenson Memorial services were canceled in Springfield & Petersburg Illinois. This display was set-up at Hecker Camp Commanders home in Southern Illinois to pay respect and honor these two men. Stay Home , Stay Safe and Stay Healthy. We Will Get Through This and We will Get Together Again Brothers!
Could you please share photos from Department Encampment held today, miss being there.
Brothers, Just a reminder - the full-scale mockup of the CSA submarine H.L. Hunley will be on exhibit during Heritage Days in Galesburg this weekend. The days are Aug 17-18 and the display opens at 10AM on Sat, 10:30AM on Sun. I don't think there is an admission charge although they may ask for donations. The site is at North Lake Storey Park, just off US 150 - easy to find, follow the signs. The Hunley Exhibit will be in the Civil War encampment area.
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Updates for the 2019 National Encampment: - We are at 82% of our Hotel room block – make your reservations SOON! - Please remember our banquet is limited to 300 seats, please get your reservations and menu choices in. - Our Tours are filling up and limited to 53 people per tour, please get your reservations in. - Make sure that you get your merchandise order forms in for your Badges, Polo and T-shirts !
Discovered, Sgt. Joseph Gabbard of the 1st WV Cavalry Regiment, Troop F. Captured Gettysburg - 01 Jul 1863, paroled 14 Aug 1863. Joseph's brother's, James, and George Gabbard served in the 6th (Fighting Sixth) WV Cavalry Regiment. Mainly within their state boundaries. Transferred west, 1865/1866 to the Badlands Territory, now Oklahoma fighting American Indians.
Discovered, Sgt. Joseph Gabbard of the 1st WV Cavalry Regiment, Troop F. Captured Gettysburg - 01 Jul 1863, paroled 14 Aug 1863. Joseph's brother's, James, and George Gabbard served in the 6th (Fighting Sixth) WV Cavalry Regiment. Mainly within their state boundaries. Transferred west, 1865/1866 to the Badlands Territory, now Oklahoma fighting American Indians. Family, 4th cousins 4 times removed.
@5thillinoisvolunteercavalry
ALERT: Caution when dealing with Shane Miles owner of S. A. Miles & Co. Also, a Kelly Ford who works for Miles. On 27 Jul 2018, I contracted for a CSA Overcoat blue in color. As of today, I discovered Miles and Fork pointing fingers toward each other, to limit their incompetence. After 04 Aug they didn't respond to my emails or text. Oops, one text was answered, in essence, I'm working on it and don't worry about your money, end of the conversation. So after 4 months no coat or refund. Money is my loss only myself to blame. Just a cautionary note to other SUVCW.