of Union Veterans of The Civil War
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
What We Do:
Preserving the Memory of the Grand Army of the Republic
and our Ancestors who Fought to Preserve the Union
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.
Adopted and signed by Department Officers
on 3 Oct 2009 Approved by National 15 January 2010
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 Eugene "Gene" Cheney
elected at the Department Encampment on 6 June
2015 The Department of CO/WY will hold its annual encampment on
June 2016 at 12:00 AM (1200 hours) until 4:00 PM (1600 hours)
in Colorado Springs, Colorado- more information to follow. See
you in June 2016. Camp Commander Lorraine "Gene" Cheney
of Centennial 100 wishes everyone a safe journey Fraternally,
Eugene "Gene" Cheney, Department Commander.
Civil War Sites
war veteran soldier footage, captured between 1913 and 1938
Veterans' Burial Benefits
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