Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

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.

Cora Lee Jackson, RIP


It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Real Daughter Cora Lee Jackson, a resident of Washington, D.C. and active supporter of the Lincoln-Cushing Camp #2. She was born on 20 June 1919 and was the 14th child of Pvt. Alonzo Johnson, a veteran of the Civil War. Her mother was Rosetta Woods-Johnson.

Cora was the last known African American female child of the Civil War. Her father, Private Johnson, was a member of Company F of the 45th Infantry Regiment of the United States Colored Troops, which was part of the 25th Corps. Private Johnson saw service in the final campaigns of the Civil War and was present at Appomattox Court House on 9 April 1865.

In honor of Ms. Cora Lee Jackson’s passing, Commander-in-Chief Ken Freshley has issued General Order No. 12, which states that “the passing of Ms. [Jackson] is one more reminder that we are losing the last living links to the men of the Civil War; she leaves a legacy of commitment that will be carried into the future by her nephew our SUVCW Brother Ricardo Johnson.”

Charles Cox


It is with deep regret and heavy heart that we announce the passing of Real Son and Brother Charles A. Cox. He was born on 29 November 1915 in Pawnee, Oklahoma.

His father was Joseph H. Cox, who served in the Civil War in Co. F. of the 127th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He participated in the Atlanta campaign under General Sherman, storming Missionary Ridge, and was later captured and sent to Andersonville prison but escaped en route.

Charles himself led a colorful life. He traveled in a covered wagon, courted in a Model T, and served on four continents in the Army. Charles was a SUVCW member of Indian Nation Camp Three in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In honor of Brother Cox and his father, the SUVCW Commander-in-Chief has ordered the national website to be draped in black for 30 days pursuant to General Order #11, Series 2013-2014 (pdf).

Only nine real sons of Civil War Union veterans remain alive today. Click here (pdf) for a list of those nine men.

Col. John Dinsmoor

A real son of a Civil War veteran has passed away. Brother John W. Dinsmoor, Colonel, USAF (Ret) died on 4 November 2013 at the age of 85. His father was Civil War veteran Pvt. Samuel P. Dinsmoor of Company B in the 116th Ohio Infantry.
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