Sons of Union Veterans of The Civil War

Office of the Commander-in-Chief

Brad Schall, Commander-in-Chief

2754 Woodacre Ct.

Lincoln , California 95648-8228


General Order #1

SERIES 2010-2011

16 August 2010


I am humbled, honored and appreciative to all Brothers that attended the 129th National Encampment in my native and beloved state of Kansas and who placed their confidence in me to lead them as Commander-in-Chief during 2010-2011.  I accept this responsibility and pledge to all to diligently discharge the duties of the office and to the best of my ability, serve the Order with honor and dignity.

I wish to thank the Department of Kansas for hosting the 129th National Encampment.  Commander Knopke, his committee and the Brothers in Kansas did an outstanding job.  I thank all Brothers that attended and hope you had a great time. 

To my fellow California Brothers who have supported me for many years and thought that it was time for a Californian to again be Commander-in-Chief, I say Huzzah.  It has been 44 years since Brother Frank Woerner was Commander-in-Chief.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my mentor, confident and dear departed friend Brother Bob Lowe.  Without his many hours of discussions I would not have been prepared for the job of Commander-in-Chief.

I would like to congratulate the newly elected National Presidents of the Allied Orders.  I pledge the support of the Brothers of the SUVCW to the Woman’s Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic (WRC), The Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic (LGAR), Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 (DUVCW), and the Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (ASUVCW).  Together we can continue to perpetuate the memory of the Boys in Blue.

The National Administrative Headquarters of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is established at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  

National Headquarters SUVCW
Att. David Demmy, Sr., Executive Director
P.O. Box 1865
Harrisburg, PA 17105-1865

Headquarters for the Commander-in-Chief will be established at:

Brad Schall, CinC
2754 Woodacre Ct.
Lincoln, CA 95648
(916) 408-4482

All correspondence and bills regarding the finances of the Order must be filed with the National Treasurer Richard Orr, PCinC, 153 Connie Drive, Pittsburg, PA 15214-1251; (412) 931-1173;

All correspondence to the Order should be directed to the National Secretary Eugene G. Mortorff, 70 Curtiss Avenue, East Berlin, PA 17316, (717) 259-9841;

The Chief of Staff will coordinate the Commander-in-Chief’s travel schedule.  Departments should contact Chief of Staff with Department Encampment dates before November 20, 2010.  Our planning needs to be done soon so the Commander-in-Chief or elected National officer can attend every Department Encampment.  If at all possible encampments should not be scheduled for the week-ends of October 16, November 20, December 25, January 1, February 12, April 16, April 23, May 7 or May 28.  National Chief of Staff is Alan L. Russ, PDC, 502 S. Quincy, St. Francis, Kansas 67756, (785) 332-2118,

Applications for Civil War Memorial Grants should be directed to Robert M. Petrovic, PDC, 6519 Cherokee Lane, Cedar Hill, MO 63016-2527; (636) 274-4567,

All requests for Eagle Scout Certificates should be directed to Eagle Scout Certificate Coordinator, Robert M. Petrovic, PDC, 6519 Cherokee Lane, Cedar Hill, MO 63016-2527; (636) 274-4567,

All requests for the SUVCW ROTC awards should be sent to National Quartermaster, Danny L. Wheeler, PCinC, 5 Benny Lane, Ithaca, New York 14850, (607) 272-7314,

Articles for the Banner should be submitted to Banner Editor Stephen Michaels, PCinC, 6623 S. North Cape Road, Franklin, WI 53132, (414) 425-4648, phone and fax,  Please submit via your Department Sr. Vice Commander.  Camp and Department photos and short stories of perhaps two paragraphs are always welcome.  Articles should answer the questions: who, what, when, where, why and how?  Department Sr. Vice Commanders should check the stories they receive from Camps for completeness and accuracy. 

In addition to the Camp and the Department, the death of a Brother should be reported to National Chaplain, Jerome W. Kowalski, 206 E. Grantley, Elmhurst, IL 60126,  Please include Brothers full name, date of passing, name of Camp and Department and the following information on his ancestor name: rank and unit.

Commander-in-Chief will continue the program of recognizing Brothers for their recruiting efforts.  Brothers that recruit five Members or Associates will be designated as a National Aide and Brothers that recruit three new Members or Associates will be entitled to wear a piece of National ribbon behind their Member or Associate Badge.  Camp secretaries should report the information to the Department secretary who will send it to the National Secretary.  Information on Brothers recruiting five or more new members should be sent to the National Secretary as soon as possible. Members with less than five but three or more should be sent the National Secretary by July 22, 2011.

We are approaching the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  The Commander-in-Chief encourages all Camps and Departments to support and participate in sesquicentennial activities.  Look on our National website for information or contact D. Michael Beard, chairman.
Camp and Department websites need to be current and accessible to all.  In many cases our websites are the first contact we have with new members. All websites should be updated by September 1, 2010.

Our theme for my administration will be simple:  Learn who we are, Learn what we do, Participate in what we do, Honor the Boys in Blue.  LLPH

Brothers are reminded to support the tax-deductible funds of our Order.  Contributions to our Departments and Camps are also fully tax deductible.

We are in difficult financial times and part of our Brotherhood is looking after each other and our families.  Let us not forget that Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty are what make this a great Order.

Ordered this 16th Day of August, 2010.

Brad Schall
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War



Eugene Mortorff
National Order, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

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