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.
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.”
2016 Encampment will be in Springfield, Il. from August 11-14. More information will follow after the first of the year.
We have received word that the Omni Hotel erroneously charged $22.00 for parking on the first day the SUVCW’s attendees checked in for the Encampment. Please check your bill and make sure you did not get charged $22.00 for parking.
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
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. We have exceeded our room block at the Omni hotel and they are no longer able to accept reservations at our reduced room rate. The National Site committee has identified the Berkeley Hotel, directly across the street from the Omni, as an overflow hotel. You can make reservations by calling (888) 780-4422 or going online to www.berkeleyhotel.com.
Transportation from the Airport
The Omni Hotel is 10 miles from Richmond International airport. A cab ride from the airport to/from the Omni hotel will cost approximately $20.00. If you are travelling in a group and would like to remain in a group, a private shuttle can be arranged by calling Groome transportation at 804-222-7226 at least two days in advance. A 10 passenger van costs approximately $70.00 and a 15 passenger costs approximately $100.00. Van passenger capacity is reduced by the amount of luggage carried.
From the Richmond International airport take I-64 West to Exit 190, merging onto I-95 South. On I-95 South, take Exit 74A onto I-195 the (toll road). Then take the Canal Street exit and pay the toll ($0.30). Turn right onto 10th Street. Turn right at the light onto Cary Street. For valet parking, take an immediate right onto 12th Street and into the hotel motor entrance. – See more directions at: http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/richmond/property-details/directions
The National site committee has negotiated with the hotel for a reduced rate of $10.00 per day (discounted from $22.00) for valet parking at the Omni Hotel. Valet parking comes with unlimited in/out privileges. You will need to be registered and staying at the Omni Hotel to take advantage of the reduced rate. For those not staying at the Omni, there is a parking garage on South 12th Street operated by Lenier Parking across from the front of the Omni that charges $2.00 per hour or a maximum of $10.00 per day Monday through Friday. You can park there all day on Saturday and Sunday for $4.00. You will need a new ticket each time you leave the Lenier garage, so if you come and go during the day, you could spend more than the maximum daily amount.
We will start gathering in the Omni Hotel lobby at 7:45 AM Thursday morning (20 August) for the morning tour. The bus will leave promptly at 8AM and return at noon. The afternoon tour will gather in the lobby starting at 12:45PM, with the bus leaving at 1PM and returning at 5PM.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.