Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

IMPORTANT STATEMENT REGARDING NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT HOST HOTEL

THE HOST HOTEL FOR THE NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT IN SPRINGFIELD, IL, HAS SOLD ALL OF THE 40 ROOMS THEY GAVE US TO SELL ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10th. WE ORIGINALLY HAD 20 ROOMS BLOCKED, AND THEY KINDLY DOUBLED OUR BLOCK TO 40. WE ARE NEGOTIATING TO GET MORE ROOMS AT THIS POINT, AND WILL ADVISE THE ALLIED ORDERS IF WE ARE SUCCESSFUL.  IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY TRYING TO GET ROOMS FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10th YOU MAY WISH TO WAIT FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS TO SEE WHAT THEIR DECISION IS. THANK YOU.

 

For additional information on the National Encampment, please continue to visit the previous post “Comprehensive National Encampment Information.”

 

Comprehensive 2016 National Encampment Information – UPDATED WITH TOUR REGISTRATION FORMS 3/23/16

2016 NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT OF THE ALLIED ORDERS OF THE GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC

AUGUST 11TH THROUGH 14TH, 2016.

President Abraham Lincoln Hilton Hotel Hilton Hotels National Reservation number is 866-788-1860

Our National Encampment will take place at President Abraham Lincoln Springfield, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, in the heart of historic downtown, within walking distance of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Herndon Law office, the Old State Capitol, and more.

Below you will find links to important documentation regarding this year’s Encampment.  As always, if you have questions, please contact Br. Jim Crane at hoteljc1776@gmail.com

General Information on the Encampment and Springfield, Illinois (from the forthcoming issue of The Banner).

2016 National Encampment Registration Form

National Encampment program advertisement form

Vendor Table reservation form

Allied Orders Banquet reservation form

SVR Breakfast reservation form

Springfield Tour 1

Springfield Tour 2

Information on reserving your place on the planned tours will be forthcoming and will be added to THIS POST.  Thank you for checking in, and we are looking forward to seeing you at the National Encampment in Springfield.

IMPORTANT DRIVING DIRECTIONS UPDATE:

Driving Directions to the Abraham Lincoln Hilton Hotel

701 E. Adams St., Springfield, IL 62701

From Chicago:

Take I-55 S. to Exit 98B (Clear Lake Avenue). Continue on to E. Jefferson St. Turn left at 9th Street. Take 9th

Street to E. Adams Street and turn right. The hotel is located on the corners of Adams and 7th Streets.

From St. Louis:

Take I-55 N. to Springfield. Take Exit 92A-B (I-55 Blvd). Tale left ramp for I-55Blvd. North toward

Jacksonville. Keep straight onto 6th St. Turn right onto Monroe St. Turn left onto 8th St. Turn left on to E.

Adams Street. The hotel is located on the corners of Adams and 7th Streets.

From Indianapolis:

Take I-74 W. Take Exit 179A for i-57 South toward Willard Airport/Decatur/Memphis. At Exit 235B, take ramp

right for I-72 West toward Decatur/Memphis. Continue on to Clear Lake Avenue. Continue on to E. Jefferson

St. Turn left on to I-55 Blvd. Turn right on to E. Adams St. The hotel is located on the corners of Adams and 7th

Streets.

From Quad Cities:

Take I-74 E. to Exit 101. Take ramp right to I-155 toward Lincoln. At Exit 98B, take ramp right and follow

signs for Clear Lake Avenue. Continue on to E. Jefferson St. Turn left at 9th Street. Take 9th Street to E. Adams

Street and turn right. The hotel is located on the corners of Adams and 7th Streets.

From the West:

Take I-72 East toward Springfield/Quincy. At Exit 98B, take ramp right for I-55 Blvd. toward Springfield.

Continue on 6th St. Turn right on to E. Monroe St. Turn left on to S. 8th St. Turn left on to E. Adams St. The

hotel is located on the corners of Adams and 7th Streets.

2016 Lincoln Tomb Ceremony: Updated form and latest info!

All are invited to participate in the 601h Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony, sponsored by the SUVCW and MOLLUS, commemorating the 15151 Anniversary of President Lincoln’s death. It will be held at the Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL at 10 AM on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Headquarters Hotel: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams St., Springfield.IL 62701. The room rate is $96.99 for single/quad. A10% dining discount at Lindsay’s Restaurant is included. Call 1-866-788-1860 for reservations and mention “Sons of Union Veterans”. Reserve your room by March 25, 2016. After this, the remaining blocked rooms will be released.

Wreaths may be ordered from local Springfield florists. Instruct the florist to have the wreath delivered c/o the Lincoln Tomb, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, by 9 AM on Saturday, April 161h.

Luncheon will be held at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel at 12:30PM. The luncheon program will feature a documentary film by the Lincoln Monument Assoc. on the history of Lincoln’s Tomb. Luncheon cost is $29 per person. For event info, go to the SUVCW web site (suvcw.org) or contact Robert Petrovic at: rpetro7776@aol.com or 636-274- 4567.

Click here for the form for the wreath ceremony, luncheon reservation and military parade.

2016 National Encampment News – UPDATE – Hotel now accepting reservations!

The Abraham Lincoln Hilton Hotel is now accepting reservations for the 2016 National Encampment in Springfield, Illinois. The Direct line to the hotel is 217-544-8800 and the National Reservation phone # is 866-788-1860, which is a free call. It is your choice who you would like to call. The rate is 106.00 not including taxes. If you have any problems, or have ANY concerns about reservations or the hotel facilities, or have additional questions regarding the National Encampment please contact Br. Jim Crane via e-mail at hoteljc1776@gmail.com

Please stay tuned for more information regarding the 2016 National Encampment in Springfield, Illinois.

Lincoln Tomb Ceremony (April 16, 2016)

All are invited to participate in the 60th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony, sponsored by the SUVCW and MOLLUS, commemorating the 151st 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 16, 2016. Click here for additional information and the form by which to RSVP for your attendance.

Passing of Brother James Getty

As noted in Commander-in-Chief Mortorff’s General Order No. 5, the Order recently lost James Getty, “a long-time member of Gettysburg Camp 112 in the Department of Pennsylvania and Life Member 419. He received his Bachelors of Education Degree and Master of Music Degree from Illinois Wesleyan University. Jim’s early career was in vocal performance and opera. From 1952 to 1956, he was in the United States Navy and served in the Korean War on the minesweeper USS SWIFT 122.

Jim’s lengthy (40 years) career as an Abraham Lincoln portrayer was astonishing. We enjoyed is services at many of our events, including the Annual Remembrance Days event in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

A comprehensive obituary can be found on the Gettysburg Times online. We will miss him greatly.”

James Getty remembrance day

Special Announcement

THIS POST REMAINS FOR ARCHIVE PURPOSES ONLY – THESE ITEMS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Past Commander-in-Chief Bud Atkinson discovered a treasure trove of old SUVCW and GAR items when going through old material of his own and his uncle. Bud donated those items to the SUVCW with the caveat that they be sold and the proceeds go the the National Order. Brother Bob Wolz, PDC and National Historian, identified all of the items, repaired some that needed to be, and valued them for us. Those values were concurred with by the National Secretary.

We will be holding a sealed bid auction for these items at the National Encampment. Any Brother is welcome to mail bids to Richard Orr, National Treasurer, at 153 Connie Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15214‐1251. The highest bidder will win the item and be notified at or after the National Encampment. Mail bids must be received by the National Treasurer no later than the mail delivery of 1 August 2015. Hand delivered bids must be received by the National Quartermaster or National Treasurer by 3:00 p.m. EDT Saturday, 22 August 2015 or the close of the National Encampment which ever occurs first. This auction is open only to Brothers of the Order all bids must include the camp name number and department to be valid. If there are any items which do not have a winning bid, those items will be offered to the general public after the National Encampment.

The items are as follows below. The format of listing is lot number, description, and minimum bid.

  • 001: 1995 Sons of Veterans Philadelphia Cadet Corps re-strike using original dies $10
  • 002: GAR membership badge type V with National Ribbon used 1886 – 1948 unmatched top bar and pendant $50
  • 003: GAR Aide de Camp National Staff Badge type V used 1886 – 1948 $120
  • 004: GAR membership badge type V used 1886 – 1948 matched top bar and pendant $90
  • 005: SUVCW Secretary to GAR Post badge issued 1927 to Sons serving as GAR post secretary $120
  • 006: Sons of Veterans Sterling Silver Past Department Commander Badge type 2 issues 1893 -1903 $125
  • 007: Sons of Veterans Sterling Silver Past Department Commander Badge type 2 issues 1893 -1903 $125
  • 008: Sons of Veterans Sterling Silver Past Department Commander Badge type 2 issues 1893 -1903 $125
  • 009: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War membership badge type 15 issued 1927 – 1946 $20
  • 010: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War membership badge type 18 issued 1946 – 1972 $20
  • 011: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Past Camp Commander issued between 1927 – 1946 $30
  • 012: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Past Camp Commander issued between 1927 – 1946 $30
  • 013: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Past Camp Commander issued between 1946 – 1972 $30
  • 014: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Associate badge type 1 issued between 1956 – 1972 $30
  • 015: Sons of Veterans Reserve Pennsylvania Brigade 1907 Encampment $65
  • 016: Sons of Veterans Reserve National Encampment Badge 1983 $10
  • 017: Gettysburg Centennial badge $40
  • 018: Sons of Veterans Reserve Pennsylvania Brigade Field Service badge circa 1915 $50
  • 019: GAR souvenir paperweight last GAR National Encampment 1949 $35

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.