Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

2017 Lincoln Tomb Ceremony and Form

All are invited to participate in the 61th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony, sponsored by the SUVCW and MOLLUS, commemorating the 152nd 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 15, 2017.

Headquarters Hotel: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams St., Springfield,IL 62701. The room rate is $98.00 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, 2017. 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 15th.

Luncheon will be held at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel at 12:30PM. The luncheon program is yet to be

determined. Luncheon cost is $30 per person.

For event info, go to the SUVCW web site ( or contact Robert Petrovic at: or 636-274-4567.

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

National Graves Registration Database UPDATE and Instructions

Due to attacks from hackers against the SUVCW Graves Database you are most likely aware of restrictions that have been placed on the database to ensure it is online and of use to anyone who wishes to use it as it was designed to be used. Below are three sets of guidelines that have been introduced to the database.

1. Public Use: Anyone with or without an account may research using the database, yes, they must have a surname and they are limited to 20 results for each search.

2. User Account: A user account that was in service prior to 01 August 2016 is still in service, the login in page is located at – for those who didn’t have a user account prior to 01 August 2016 they may still request a user account but must do so through a direct request to the office of the National Graves Registration Officer (NGRO). A user account doesn’t require the surname and searches can be made to view as many as 100 results at a time, some are authorized to view all the results in one search field at one time.

3. Admin Account: A admin account is still only authorized and created by the National Graves Registration Officer, no other Brother in the order has the right to a Administration Account by virtue of his office, with the exception of the National Graves Committee Members and the National Graves Registration Officer (NGRO). All other Admin Accounts must be earned and maintained via the guidelines of the NGRO as authorized by the Commander-in-Chief. Admin Account holders may make edits to existing records, delete existing records and approve/disapprove new submissions after they have been confirmed/unconfirmed. Types of people who may be considered for a Administration Account are National Aides to the National Committee on Graves Registration, Department Graves Registration Officers, Certified Cemetery Project Managers and others as deemed by the NGRO. Login information will be given to the account holder at the time they are granted an account.

In Fraternity, Charity, & Loyalty
Bruce D. Frail, PDC
National Graves Registration Officer
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War


The Passing of Past Commander-in-Chief Charles Kuhn


Recently, we were very sad to share the news of the passing of Past Commander-in-Chief Charles Kuhn. In response to the many requests for information about services for this dedicated Brother of the Order, we will provide the details here as well as on the National Organization’s Facebook Page. The services for Charlie Kuhn will be held on Friday December 23, 2016 at St. James Lutheran Church, 109 York St. in Gettysburg. A viewing will be held from 9:00 AM through 11:00 AM followed by a Masonic Service, than a SUVCW Service. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg. You can read the full obituary in The Gettysburg TimesContributions can be made to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, Boys Scouts of America, or Upper Bermudian Lutheran Church.

Many Brothers and Friends have already expressed their thoughts and feelings of deep admiration for Charlie on various sites. We invite you to share your thoughts and memories here on this post as we join with Charlie’s family in celebrating the life of this good man who impacted so many during his time among us.



Passing of Real Son Harold Becker

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Real Son Harold A. Becker on August 7, 2016 in Grand Rapids Michigan. He was 99 years old. Br. Becker was a member of the Gen. John A. Logan Camp, No. 1 (Grand Rapids, MI) SUVCW. He was known to be the last known son of a Civil War Soldier in Michigan.

According to Commander-in-Chief’s General Order No. 29, we will drape all Charters and membership badges in black for a period of 30 days.

According to our records, there are only 5 remaining Real Sons left.  

Harold Becker

(photo courtesy Bruce Butgereit)


We have been informed by the Abraham Lincoln Hotel that ALL ROOMS for THURSDAY are sold out. There are still some rooms available for Friday and Saturday.  Arrangements have been made with the Wyndham Hotel directly across the street for rooms from Wednesday the 8/10 thru Saturday the 8/13, with a room rate of 109.00, which also includes parking.


Or, if one prefers to call for reservations,  the number is 217-789-1530 and push 1 for reservations to make them directly with the hotel staff.

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



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

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.


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


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.