Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

150th Anniversary of Washington Arsenal Explosion

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Tuesday marked the 150th Anniversary of the Washington Arsenal Explosion. The explosion left 21 girls, mostly poor Irish immigrant women, dead. The fire was a sensation at the time with President Lincoln and Secretary of War Edward Stanton leading the mourners at the funeral.

On Wednesday the SUVCW held ceremonies at Congressional Cemetery and Fort McNair in Washington, DC to mark the anniversary of the fire and their funeral. Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore was on hand to lay a wreath. In his remarks, Foreign Minister Gilmore gave specific thanks to the SUVCW for its work to make sure these women were not forgotten.
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General Order #16

Click here (pdf) for General Order #16 which declares the Department of Oklahoma in violation of its requirements, and therefore suspends the Department of Oklahoma, which means that the Department will not be in good standing with the National organization and will lose their right to vote at the National encampment unless this is resolved immediately.

General Order #15

Click here (pdf) for General Order #15 which revokes the Charter of Camp GAR Post 2 #299, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This Camp has been inactive for some time and has continuously failed to file reports and IRS 990-N’s with the Department. The remaining active Camp members should be transferred (if desired) to another Camp within the Department.

Nat’l Committee on Legislation

The National Committee on Legislation of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War keeps Brothers apprised of proposed federal and state legislation affecting the welfare of the Order or the Constitution or welfare of the United States. The April 2014 report is now available here.

Federal legislation analyzed in this report includes that of the first session of the 113th Congress (beginning 3 January 2013) through the start of the second session (up to 29 March 2014). Very little legislation has been introduced in Congress or the states that is of particular interest to the Order.

General Order No. 14

Click here for General Order No. 14 from Commander-in-Chief Ken Freshley. The Department Commander of California and Pacific, Commander Timothy Reese has requested the revocation of the charters of the Col. Roderick Matheson Camp No. 16 of Cazadero, California and the John A. Logan Camp No. 20 of Los Gatos, California. These Camps have been inactive for some time and has continuously failed to file reports and IRS 990-N’s with the Department. Given this situation, approval of this request is hereby granted in accordance with Article VI, Section 2 and hereby revoke the charters of the Col. Roderick Matheson Camp No. 16 of Cazadero, California and the John A. Logan Camp No. 20 of Los Gatos, California.