Winner of the 2014 – 2015 Abraham Lincoln Commander-in-Chief’s Award as the Most Outstanding Camp in the SUVCW!
Most Outstanding Large Camp
Department of Tennessee
Come join us! Have fun! Learn some history too!
The Major William A. McTeer Camp No. 39, Department of Tennessee, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War was chartered by the National Organization of the SUVCW in 2009 and operates as a not-for-profit unincorporated association in accordance with the laws of the State of Tennessee and camp bylaws first adopted on 11 December 2011 (see the Governance Page of this website). While based in Maryville, Tennessee, the camp serves a broad geographical area which includes not only the greater Knoxville metropolitan area but also stretches from Athens and Sweetwater in the south to the Tri-Cities area in the north.
The camp meets monthly for “Camp Mess”, a “dutch treat” luncheon meeting held the second Tuesday of each month at 12:30 PM. Currently, these meetings are held at Calhoun’s on the Creek Restaurant in Maryville, Tennessee. These meetings are for the purpose of planning the camp’s activities and to promote fraternity within our camp.
The camp also meets three times per year (March, June and September) for a more formal meeting that includes an educational presentation, initiation of new members and reports on camp business.
Once per year the camp meets in Annual Encampment, usually in November. At this meeting, there is a review of the year and election of officers.
The camp newsletter, “McTeer’s Loyal Mountaineers”, is published monthly and distributed electronically to the membership and other interested parties. Printed copies are available upon request. On this website, one may access current and back issues of the newsletter for their reading pleasure under the tab CAMP NEWSLETTERS.
Following is the link to our newsletters:
Our camp website, http://www.mcteer39.org, was honored to receive the 2014-2015 Horace Greeley Award as the most outstanding camp website in the SUVCW.
Also, we were honored to received the 2017-2018 Department of Tennessee Award for the Best Use of the Internet and Social Media.
We try to keep our website current and continuously improve it within our budget. We welcome your comments on what we might do to make it even better.
The purpose of the camp is to preserve the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and our ancestors who fought to preserve the Union during the American Civil War (1861-1865).
Activities include educational presentations, living history events, gravestone dedications, preserving important memorials and learning and promoting an accurate history and portrayal of the actions and sacrifices made to preserve the Union.
Above is the Pledge of Allegiance that we, as members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, recite at every meeting. To its right is the 35-star United States flag that was the official flag of our great nation during some of the hardest fought battles of the Civil War from 1863-1865. It was the official flag of our country when Lee surrendered at Appomattox. No stars were ever deleted from our flag when the southern states declared secession. We remained one great nation though bitterly divided over a range of issues and beliefs. After the war, we came back together as one nation and healed our wounds. Union and Confederate veterans led the way in this effort because of the great respect that each held for the other from their experiences on the battlefield. As the Pledge of Allegiance ends we are truly and shall ever be: “One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”
The camp presents a certificate and medal to outstanding cadets in the Junior Air Force ROTC programs at both Heritage High School and William Blount High School in Blount County, Tennessee. The SUVCW defines a deserving cadet as one that “shows a high degree of patriotism to his/her nation and has demonstrated a high degree of academic performance and leadership”.
The camp also seeks to reward young men who achieve the status of Eagle Scout with a special congratulatory letter, color Certificate of Commendation, suitable for framing, and a beautiful patch to wear as appropriate on the scouting uniform. While we encourage any young man searching for that special community service project to look to us for inspiration on projects relating to the Civil War, we offer this certificate with no “strings attached” other than you must have attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
We would love to have you join us!
If you are interested in joining our camp, following is a link to an application. Just click and complete, return to the Home Page and follow the directions there on how to send to us for processing:
Link to Application to Join:
To learn more about our camp namesake, Major William a. McTeer, click on this link:
To get an idea of some of our events and activities through photos and videos, click on this link:
To watch a 25-minute video summarizing our activities in 2015, click on this link: