Following is a link to the site for the National Quartermaster Store for the SUVCW. Here is where badges, materials, gifts and other items may be purchased for the individual member or on behalf of the camp.
We have had a number of requests for the text of our Memorial Day services held at Knoxville National Cemetery on 29 May 2017. Please click the following link to read what was said as we remembered those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Scroll down the page for information on:
- How to Join the SUVCW
- The SUVCW National Organization
- The SUVCW Charitable Foundation, and
- The SUVCW Department of Tennessee (with Alabama and Mississippi)
HOW TO JOIN THE SUVCW
When you join the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, you enter a network of more than 6,000 men who form lifelong bonds, honor their heroic ancestors, and promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism in their communities. There are hereditary members, who trace their lineage to those who served honorably in the Civil War, and associate members, who do not have the requisite ancestry but wish to join the fraternity.
You may apply for membership by completing the application that is found at the following link:
- Fill out the application.
- Print the completed application.
- If you can, scan it and e-mail the completed application to our Camp Secretary.
- Mail the original application to our Camp Junior Vice Commander with your application fee and dues.
Camp Junior Vice Commander:
Douglas K. Fidler, PhD, PDC, PCC
E-mail address: email@example.com
Mailing address: 4033 Cave Mill Rd., Maryville, TN 37804-3181
If you need any help in completing the application or in finding the necessary genealogical proof documents, you may contact any officer of the camp for assistance.
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You may e-mail the camp: firstname.lastname@example.org
SUVCW National Organization
LINK TO NATIONAL ORGANIZATION WEBSITE:
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 American Civil War. Organized in 1881 and chartered by Congress in 1954, SUVCW is the legal heir and successor to the Grand Army of the Republic. In 1866, Union Veterans of the Civil War organized into the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and became a social and political force that would control the destiny of the nation for more than six decades. Membership in the veterans’ organization was restricted to individuals who had served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Revenue Cutter Service during the Civil War, thereby limiting the life span of the GAR. The GAR existed until 1956. In 1881 the GAR formed the Sons of Veterans of the United States of America (SV) to carry on its traditions and memory long after the GAR had ceased to exist. Membership was open to any man who could prove ancestry to a member of the GAR or to a veteran eligible for membership in the GAR. In later years, men who did not have the ancestry to qualify for hereditary membership, but who demonstrated a genuine interest in the Civil War and could subscribe to the purpose and objectives of the SUVCW, were admitted as Associates. This practice continues today. Many GAR Posts sponsored Camps of the SV. In 1925 the SV name was changed to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), under which its federal charter was issued in 1954. The SUVCW is legally recognized as the heir to, and representative of, the GAR. Today, the National Organization of the SUVCW, headed by an annually elected Commander-in-Chief, oversees the operation of 26 Departments, each consisting of one or more states, a Department-at-Large, a National Membership-at-Large, and over 200 community based camps. More than 6,360 men enjoy the benefits of membership in the only male organization dedicated to the principles of the GAR — Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty. It publishes “The BANNER” quarterly for its members. The SUVCW National Headquarters is located in the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The SUVCW is one of five Allied Orders of the GAR. The other four Orders are: Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, Woman’s Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
- Following is the link to the Communications page on the National SUVCW Website. Here are links to the Banner magazine, General Orders of the C-in-C, history and other information about the SUVCW as well as current national news.
- Following is the link to the Governance page on the National SUVCW Website. This page provides forms, documents, and information relating to the internal governance of the SUVCW, including operational information, organizational information, and various forms required by camps and departments of the SUVCW.
SUVCW Charitable Foundation
The Sons of Union Veterans Charitable Foundation was created at Sandusky, Ohio on March 8, 2003 exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. The Foundation was incorporated in the State of Ohio and maintains headquarters at the Ohio Veterans Home/Museum in Sandusky, Ohio.
Its purposes broadly include: providing information and enlightenment of the Armed Conflict of 1861-1865, supporting project and charities attributable to Civil War history, monument preservation/restoration, monument construction and erection, scholarships and benevolence to members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
The Foundation is tax exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Following is the link to the page for the SUVCW Charitable Foundation:
Department of Tennessee (with Alabama and Mississippi)
LINK TO DEPARTMENT OF TENNESSEE (with MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA) WEBSITE:
This is the official web portal of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Department of Tennessee. The Department of Tennessee includes the states of Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of heroes who fought and worked to save the Union. Organized in 1881 and chartered by Congress in 1954, we are the legal successor to the Grand Army of the Republic
The Department is organized by “Camps” that are located throughout our geographic region. There are currently 7 Camps within the region. Additionally, there is one unit of the Sons of Veterans Reserve (10th Tennessee U.S. Volunteer Infantry) which is part of the 7th Military District.