SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR
CAMP RECORDS


Our Congressional Charter tells us in Section 3; “The purposes of the corporation shall be: To perpetuate the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and the men who saved the union in 1861 to 1865: …” The second purpose stated is, “… to assist in every practicable way in the preservation and making available for research of documents and records pertaining to the Grand Army of the Republic and its members; …”

To accomplish this important task, the G.A.R. Records Project has been developed in an effort to locate and preserve surviving Post records and other information surrounding their operations and activities.

It is respectfully suggested that there should be a parallel track to this effort and that we should also be seeking the records of and materials relating to the Camps of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. The efforts of our Brothers over the years in the form of meeting minutes, program activities, special projects and other activities should be located and preserved. These records provide the history of our efforts to “Keep green the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic”.

In an effort to stimulate this search process, we present the following material.

1. A transcription of the Card File of Camps from the office of the National Secretary
2. A transcription of the ledgers of Camp Applications Approved and Charters Issued
3. A transcription of other records of Camp formations and drops from the Membership Accounting Journal of the National Secretary and other sources.
4. Various notes and other related materials.

The presentation of this material will point to the location of the Camps. While searching for G.A.R. Post records, it is suggested that a similar search should take place for Camps that operated in the same locality. We have not always been diligent in preserving the records of Camps that cease operations. We can make up for at least some of that deficiency by conducting a search for any records that have survived, developing a list of those materials found and publishing it in this forum to aid researchers.

CAUTION

A few words of caution are offered to the reader of this material.

1. The material is presented as a direct transcription of the information found on the original record. No effort has been made to correct the spelling of place names or the names of persons for whom Camps were named.
2. The names of some communities mentioned have been changed over the years. Check an appropriate source, for information of this type, for the state you are searching.

 

NATIONAL CAMP CARD FILE

NOTES
On State Divider Cards


ALASKA To Washington – McGinnis Order #8 – Aug. 1912

ARIZONA To Calif. & Pacific – McGinnis Order #8 – Aug. 1912

ARKANSAS To Mo. – McGinnis Order #8 – Aug. 1912

ALABAMA &Tennessee

CALIFORNIA &Pacific – Aug. 1912 – McGinnis Order #8 – Oregon, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas – Islands of Pacific

COLORADO Transferred – Wyo. and Utah – McGinnis Order #8 Aug. 1912
To Cal. & Pac. July 1, 1920 – Sisson G.O. #7, 1920
Provisional – Report to Calif. – Col., New Mexico, Utah, Wyo. Jan’y 1, 1925 – Coffin

IDAHO To Montana – April 24, 1915 by C. V. Sherman – C. in Chief
Trans. to Calif. & Pac. – July 1, 1920 – Sisson Gen. Orders #7 – 1920
To Washington – Jan’y 1, 1925 – Coffin

KANSAS Okla – McGuire’s Order #8 Aug 1912 – Oct. 1, 1935 - #8

OKLAHOMA T. To Kansas – McGuire’s Order #8 – Aug. 1912
54th Encampment – Oct. 1, 1935

KENTUCKY Transferred to Ohio June 1, 1920 – Sisson G.O. #7, 1920

W. VIRGINIA Div. W. Va. Charter Revoked 3/29/1905
To Maryland – Sautter 1914

MINNESOTA N. Dak – S. Dak – McGuire Order #8, Aug. 1912

MISSOURI Arkansas – McGuire Order #8, Aug. 1912

NEVADA To Calif &Pacific – McGuire’s Order #8 – Aug. 1912

NEW MEXICO To Calif & Pacific – McGuire’s Order #8 – Aug. 1912
Provisional – Report to Calif (Col., New Mexico, Utah, Wyo.) Jan. 1, 1925 – Coffin

N. DAKOTA To Minn., McGuire’s Order #8, Aug. 1912

OREGON To Cal &Pacific – McGuire’s Order #8, Aug. 1912
Division Charter Revoked Nov. 1, 1914 – Sherman
To Washington – Sherman Order No. 11 – Nov. 1914
Oregon separated from Washington and instituted June 7-8, 1923.
Gen. Orders No. 2 – March 1, 1947 – Dept. of Washington combined with Dept. of Oregon – Dept. Oregon – Washington

S. DAKOTA Charter Revoked – Dec. 8, 1905
To Minn. – McGuire’s Order #8 – Aug. 1912

TEXAS To Calif & Pacific – McGuire’s Order #8, Aug. 1912
To Kansas Jan. 1, 1925 – Coffin

UTAH Transferred to Col. & Wyo. – McGuire’s Order #8, Aug 1912
To Calif & Pac. July 1, 1920 – Sisson GO #9, 1921
Provisional – Report to Calif (Colo, New Mexico, Utah, Wyo) Jan. 1, 1925 – Coffin

WASHINGTON Alaska – McGuire’s Order #8 Aug. 1912
Ore. Separated & Instituted June 7-8, 1923

WYOMING Transferred to Colo – Col &Wyo – McGuire Order 16 – Aug. 1912
To Calif & Pac, July 1, 1920 – Sisson G.O. #7, 1920
Provisional – Colo, New Mexico, Utah, Wyo – Report to Calif Jan. 1, 1925, Coffin

MONTANA To Cal & Pacific – McGuires Order #8, Aug. 1912
To Cal & Pac – Sisson July 1, 1920 Gen Orders No 7 – 1920
To Washington – Jan’y 1, 1925 – Coffin
To Col. & Wyo – Sept. 1939

GULF Transferred to Ala & Tenn (no date) (Note found on back of “Mexico” divider card)

December 27, 2003


MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNTING JOURNAL

DEPARTMENTS LOST


12/31/44 – ALABAMA & TENNESSEE – 3 Camps – 41 Members

6/30/47 - WASHINGTON – 2 Camps – 30 Members to Oregon

12/31/51 - NEBRASKA – 4 Camps – 63 Members

9/30/54 - MISSOURI – 2 Camps – 30 Members to National At Large

12/31/65 – MINNESOTA – 2 Camps – 18 Members

3/31/66 – MINNESOTA – Reinstated – 1 Camp – 10 Members

3/31/71 – KANSAS – 4 Camps – 16 Members

December 11, 2005

 

CONTACT

If you have questions, comments, additions or updates, please contact:

James T. Lyons, PDC
G. A. R. Records Officer
Department of Michigan
National Secretary 1989-94

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