Sons of Union Veterans of The Civil War





Commander Garry Brewer PDC

What Is The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War? 

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.

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.

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, and about 180 community based Camps. More than 6,500 men enjoy the benefits of membership in the only organization dedicated to the principles of the GAR -- Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty. It publishes the BANNER quarterly for its members.

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.

Our Purpose is...

General John A. Logan's Order (Creating Memorial Day Observance)

What We Do:

Preserving the Memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and our Ancestors who Fought to Preserve the Union

Membership Requirements and Application (In PDF format)

Membership Eligibility: All males descendants, lineal or collateral, through paternal or maternal lines, of soldiers, sailors or marines, who were regularly mustered and served honorably in, or who were honorably discharged from, the Army or Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, and who have never been convicted of any heinous crime, or who have not, or whose ancestors have not borne arms against the Government of the United States. Associate memberships are available for those supporters who are not a lineal descendant but follow the same requirements as a regular member.

Department Bylaws

Adopted and signed by Department Officers on 3 Oct 2009 Approved by National 15 January 2010

History of the Department


Utah Dept GAR

Encampment Minutes

Department & Special Orders of the Department Commander

Our Proud Department Charter

Our Proud Department Memorials


Our Department Newsletter - Western Tribune
(In PDF format)
Note: they are large in size, They are worth the wait !

2016 Encampment and Department Fact

The Department of Colorado/Wyoming now covers the states of Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. In operation since 06 March 1929, the Department contains five camps as shown below. The Department Commander is William "Bill" Salmon elected at the Department Encampment on 5 June 2016 The Department of CO/WY will hold its annual encampment on June 17 2017 at 8:00 AM (0800 hours) until 12:00 PM (1200 hours)at the Midvale Masonic Temple, 7689 South Center Square( 7720 South500 West) in Salt Lake County, Utah. See you June 17, 2017. Camp Commander Ronald Stone of Captain Lot Smith Camp # 1 wishes everyone a safe journey Fraternally, Garry Brewer, Department Commander.

2016-2017 Officers and Staff of the Department of Colorado\Wyoming, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War:

Department Camps:

Civil War Sites of Interest


Civil war veteran soldier footage, captured between 1913 and 1938

GAR HIghway

Historical Resources


Federal Veterans' Burial Benefits

Proper Headstone Restoration

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The American Flag


American Flag Protocol

The American Creed

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