Monthly archives: January 2015

Passing of Real Son Luke Perkins Martin, Jr

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Luke Perkins Martin Jr, the son of Union Civil War veteran Luke Perkins Martin, Sr, died on January 25, 2015 at the age of 97 years. Brother Luke was a member of North Carolina Union Volunteers Camp No. 5.

Luke’s father, Luke Martin, Sr., was born into slavery in 1837 and reportedly swam across three rivers in winter to get to New Bern and join what became the 35th Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops (formerly the 1st North Carolina Colored Infantry). Private Martin saw action at the battles of Olustee, Florida and Honey Hill, South Carolina.

The younger Martin lived in the house his father built. He worked as a funeral service assistant for Oscar’s Mortuary, as he had since the business opened. He was also a master brick mason, like his father before him. Martin Jr. was the lead mason in the early 1950s for the restoration of historic Tryon Palace and fifty other historic buildings. He taught vocational classes for military veterans and students in several area schools.

In honor of Brother Martin’s passing, SUVCW Commander-in-Chief Tad Campbell has issued Special Order No. 3, which orders an official period of mourning for thirty days, during which time charters are to be draped and mourning ribbons are to be attached to the membership badge. Only an estimated seven real sons of Civil War Union veterans remain alive today. Click here (pdf) for a list of those eight men.

Passing of Real Son David Ordean Chase

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David Ordean Chase, the son of Union Civil War veteran Albert Stillman Chase, died on January 2, 2015 at the age of 104 years. Brother David was a member of Gov. Isaacs Stevens Camp-at-Large No. 1 in the State of Washington. His father Albert was a private in Company H of the 6th Minnesota Infantry Regiment.

During his working career Brother Chase owned a welding and machine shop, a neon sign company, and spent time working for an oil-drilling firm. He was a native of Minnesota and moved from Inglewood, California, to British Columbia in 1962. He was predeceased by his wife Louise, who died in 1997. They did not have any children.

In honor of Brother Chase’s passing, SUVCW Commander-in-Chief Tad Campbell has issued Special Order No. 2, which orders an official period of mourning for thirty days (through Friday, February 6, 2015), during which time charters are to be draped and mourning ribbons are to be attached to the membership badge. Only an estimated eight real sons of Civil War Union veterans remain alive today. Click here (pdf) for a list of those eight men.