Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

2015 National Encampment at Richmond, Virginia

The Department of the Chesapeake invites you to Richmond, Virginia, for the 2015 National Encampment. The Omni Hotel Richmond will serve as our headquarters from 20 August through 23 August. The Omni is at the center of Richmond’s financial, judicial, and legislative districts, blocks from State Capitol and just eight miles from Richmond International Airport. The hotel is located in the historic Shockoe Slip district and is close to first class dining and entertainment venues. The hotel has 361 guest rooms, a heated indoor pool and outdoor sun deck, 24-hour dining, full serve restaurant, ATM, business center, etc. Reserve your room now by calling (800) 843-6664. You may also book reservations online by following this link: http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/richmond/meetings/allied-orders-of-grand-army-of-republic-national-encampment-8

NOTE: Omni’s reservation system is down until Wednesday, February 25th.

Local Site Committee
The Dept. host committee is PDC Mike Paquette (Chair), PDC Mike Beard (co-Chair), PDCs Mark Day, Steve Hammond, Robert Moore, Lee Stone, NCoS Kevin Martin, CCs Brin Lewis Faron Taylor, PCC Mike Virts, PDP Barbara Day and NPA Rosemary Martin (ASUVCW).

Pre-registration are Being Taken Now
Pre-register before July 31st $10/brother using the form provided. After July 31st the fee jumps to $20/brother. The fee includes (1) Friday campfire program, (2) memorial service, and (3) the Saturday hospitality room.

Special Optional Activities
Plans are in development for a bus tour to Appomattox and/or Richmond area Civil War battlefield sites. On Saturday, August 22nd from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. the Sons of Veterans Reserve will host a breakfast hosted by the commanding general; the breakfast is open to all brothers. SVR members are encouraged to attend in uniform with their wives and families. On Saturday, August 22nd at 6:00 p.m. will be the Allied Orders Banquet featuring a formal meal (with two entree choices) and entertainment.

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Passing of Real Son Hilbert J. Gramelspacher

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Hilbert J. Gramelspacher
Hilbert J. Gramelspacher, the son of Union Civil War veteran Joseph Gramelspacher, died on February 1, 2015 at the age of 95 years. Brother Gramelspacher was a member of U.S. Grant Camp No. 68 in the Department of Missouri.

Brother Gramelspacher’s father, Joseph, was born in 1848 in Jasper, Indiana. He enlisted at the age of sixteen in the 143rd Indiana Infantry regiment and would never talk about his war experiences. Joseph married his wife Mary Otillia Bettag on February 6, 1917. He was 68 and she was almost 24. It was the second marriage for both of them, with Mary having lost her family to typhoid fever. Joseph was a bricklayer and his brick house is still standing in Jasper.

Hilbert was just 11 when his dad died in 1931 at the age of 83. His father showed him his rifle, but gave it to his sister and her children who now have it. Hilbert and his sister and brother received a Civil War pension until he was 16. That pension money got them through the Great Depression.

Hilbert worked in a Civilian Conservation Corps camp for two years and served seven years and four months in the U.S. Coast Guard during and after World War II. He was a radioman on the ice cutter USS Comanche on the Greenland Patrol and on the destroyer escort USS Falgout on trips to North Africa. During his working career he was a Westinghouse appliance repairman and service manager in California where he worked in the homes of several celebrities, including Lucille Ball, Joan Crawford, Jerry Lewis, and Cybill Shepherd.

In honor of Brother Gramelspacher’s passing, SUVCW Commander-in-Chief Tad Campbell has issued Special Order No. 4, 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 six real sons of Civil War Union veterans remain alive today.

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.

End of Year Review

The end of 2014 membership report shows great health and improvement within our fraternity. Click here for the full summary report. When you join the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, you enter a network of more than 6,400 men who form lifelong bonds, honor their heroic ancestors, and promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism in their communities. To learn more about membership click here.

Year Associate
Members
Junior
Members
Life
Members
Hereditary
Members
Real Sons Total
2014 552 80 374 5,386 9 6,401

“Real Son” Joins Dept. of North Carolina

Standing Left to Right: SUVCW brothers Fred Fulcher, Harry Goodman, Pete Meyers, John France, Rolf Maris, and Dennis St. Andrew. Sitting in Front:  Luke P. Martin, Jr., Real Son of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Standing Left to Right: SUVCW brothers Fred Fulcher, Harry Goodman, Pete Meyers, John France, Rolf Maris, and Dennis St. Andrew. Sitting in Front: Luke P. Martin, Jr., Real Son of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is pleased to announce that a “real son” of a Civil War veteran, Luke Martin, Jr., has joined the SUVCW in the Department of North Carolina.

SUVCW defines a “real son” as a first generation son of a Civil War Union veteran. Only an estimated nine real sons of Civil War Union veterans remain alive today. Click here (pdf) for a list of those men.

Born on July 11, 1917, Luke P. Martin, Jr. lives in New Bern, North Carolina. His 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.

The younger Martin still lives in the house his father built. He works as a funeral service assistant for Oscar’s Mortuary, as he has 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.

Luke P. Martin, Jr.’s SUVCW membership application was received by the Department of North Carolina and his application is now being forwarded to National Headquarters. Mr. Martin, Jr., age ninety-seven, will be a member of the North Carolina Union Volunteers Camp #5.

Members of Camp #5, along with Dennis St. Andrew (Department Commander) and John France (Department Secretary/Treasurer), were able to meet Mr. Martin in September at “Luke P. Martin, Jr. Day” in New Bern. This event was sponsored by Craven County, North Carolina. Camp #5 members Rolf Maris (Camp Commander) and Fred Fulcher (Past Camp Commander) followed up with Mr. Martin and he agreed to join the SUVCW.

Remembrance Day 2014

Remembrance Day 2014 will take place Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Several events will take place throughout the day, including the nation’s largest Civil War parade, and end with the Original Civil War Ball at the Wyndham Hotel. For additional details and a full slate of events held that day please click here (pdf).

Lincoln Tomb Ceremony (April 11, 2015)

All are invited to participate in the 59th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony, sponsored by the SUVCW and MOLLUS, commemorating the 150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s death. It will be held at the Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Click here for additional information and the form by which to RSVP for your attendance.

Grand Army Men

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Grand Army Men
The GAR and Its Male Organizations

This book is a collector’s guide and introductory history to the Grand Army of the Republic, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. Quoting long forgotten resources, it reveals a rich history previously lost. For the first time, all badges and insignia of all three post Civil War societies are shown in full color and in sequential order of manufacture. A “must have” volume for both historians and collectors.

Cost: $39.95 plus $5.00 shipping
(Florida residents must add $3.00 for sales tax)



Editor for The Banner Wanted

The SUVCW is seeking an energetic, organized, and passionate brother to be the editor of our quarterly published magazine, The Banner.

The editor will be responsible for soliciting, reviewing, and selecting articles, and developing some of the content. The editor will be ensuring that the copy meets the organization’s statement of purpose; improving the submission process as needed; developing and implementing ideas to improve the magazine; coordinating the production of the magazine with a third party printing company; and reviewing proofs for correctness. The editor is also responsible for editing submitted articles for grammar and layout considerations, selecting photographs, publishing required content (General Orders, COA minutes, etc.), and soliciting advertisements, all within an established budget. The official job description can be found here.

The ideal candidate has a background in writing, editing, and publishing. He excels in interpersonal communication, time management, leadership, teamwork, and decision making. Does this sound like you? Please forward a brief statement telling the COA Subcommittee for Banner Editor a bit about your background; reasons for interest in the position; any relevant skills, knowledge, or experience; thoughts about the strengths and weaknesses of The Banner; and ideas about its future editorial direction or vision and how those aims will be achieved. Please send the statement to the subcommittee at norris.ed@comcast.net.