Projects & Preservation

Monument, Memorial, and Grave Preservation

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of veteran heroes who fought and worked to save the Union in the American Civil War. Part of that mission involves saving and protecting our nation’s endangered memorials, graves, and monuments. These memorials are part of our national heritage and honor American soldiers who lost their lives in the preservation of freedom and union. The SUVCW is working to preserve these memorials so that future generations can learn from them and can learn to appreciate their hard-won freedom.

  • National Grave Registration Project: The goal of the SUVCW National Grave Registration Project is to locate the final resting places of all Union Civil War Veterans, and enter that information into the National Graves Registration Database. This undertaking is rather large and needs as many interested people to assist as possible.
  • Grand Army of the Republic records project: An ongoing project sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) to document the location of repositories of records of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR).
  • Monument & Memorial Project: As legal heir to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), preservation of GAR memorials is one of the most important purposes of the SUVCW. The purpose of this program is to physically search out, inspect, and catalog each and every GAR and Civil War memorial that can be found.
  • Monument & Memorial Grant Fund (pdf): The purpose of this fund is to assist Camps and Departments in their efforts to refurbish and restore Civil War related monuments and memorials. The grant fund is open to the preservation and restoration of Civil War monuments and memorials as well as supporting the production of new monuments.




The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Preamble reads –

We, the descendants of soldiers, sailors, or marines who served in the Army or Navy of the United States of America during the War of the Rebellion of 1861 to 1865, have formed this patriotic and fraternal Order, for the purpose and objects in this Constitution set forth; and in so doing pledge ourselves to commemorate our fathers’ deeds; to render loyal service to our Country, and to promote the maintenance of unqualified American citizenship with respect for and honor to the flag.

By honoring deserving cadets, we help promote the maintenance of unqualified American citizenship because it will be these young people who will eventually serve in our Nation’s military, under the flag our forefathers fought to preserve.

Our Purpose and Objects include –

… to cooperate in doing honor to all who have patriotically served our country in any war; to teach patriotism, and the duties of citizenship, the true history of our country, and the love and honor of our Flag; to oppose every tendency or movement that would weaken loyalty to, or make for the destruction or impairment of our constitutional Union; and to inculcate and broadly sustain the American principles of representative government, of equal rights, and of impartial justice for all.

 We believe it right to award those who have stepped forward to accept the challenge of leadership in defending our Nation’s flag, principles and freedoms. By honoring those who serve today, we show our respect for those who have served in all others war in the past.

Eagle Scout Recognition
Eagle Scout Recognition

Since 1910 the Boy Scouts of America has contributed to the moral and physical characteagle-scouter of our communities by offering opportunities where young men, and now young women, can experience fun and adventure while learning the skills necessary for good citizenship and leadership.

One of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War many goals and purposes is to reward those who achieve the status of Eagle Scout with a special congratulatory letter and color Certificate of Commendation, suitable for framing. While we encourage any Scout 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 they must be an Eagle Scout.

Every Eagle Scout Court of Honor observes a very proud tradition that our organization is pleased to recognize in memory of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). Comprised of over 400,000 Union Veterans of the American Civil War of 1861-1865, the GAR was a living symbol of patriotism when the Boy Scouts of America was formed in 1910. Before the passing of their last member (on 2 August 1956) the GAR officially recognized the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) as their Legal Heir. As such, it is our honor to maintain the many traditions of the GAR. These include the promotion of good citizenship by teaching patriotism, civic duties, and the love and honor of our flag – concepts that are “near and dear” to the Boy Scouts of America.

When possible, every effort is made by a Camp (local chapter) or Department (state) member, often wearing the uniform of our Order or a reproduction Civil War uniform), to attend the Eagle Scout Court of Honor to personally present the certificate to the Scout at his Court of Honor, usually wearing the uniform of our Order or a replica Civil War uniform. Note: A personal presentation is not possible when ordering through the National Coordinator. Click here for a listing of Department Eagle Scout Certificate Coordinators, organized by state.

How to Order a Certificate

  1. Download this certificate application (pdf), rename the file to make it unique for each Eagle Scout, and then save the file to your computer.
  2. Reopen the file on your computer and fill in the require data. We recommend you save the completed form to your computer. NO handwritten forms, letters or cards will be accepted.
  3. Email the application as an attachment to the appropriate Department Eagle Scout Coordinator.  If the Department does not list an Eagle Scout Certificate Coordinator or you don't know which Department you are in, email the application to the National Eagle Scout Certificate Coordinator at
  4. A 45 day notice is required to have a presenter attend the Court of Honor.

Note: These guidelines must be followed in order to receive a certificate. If these guidelines are not followed a certificate may not be sent.

College Scholarships
College Scholarships

College Scholarships

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War awards two $2,500 scholarships annually for tuition and books to high school seniors and college students (male or female) contingent upon their enrollment at an accredited four year college or university prior to December 31st of the year the scholarship is granted.

Applications are only accepted each year from January 1 to March 31. Click here for instructions and an application form. Winning scholarship recipients will be notified directly. Completed applications and references should be mailed to:

Don Martin
6025 State Route 772
Chillicothe, OH


Questions may be directed to Br. Martin at email listed above. Please place “SUVCW Scholarship” in the subject line.