Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Strategic Development Membership Sample Survey findings – August 2018

Recently we conducted a survey of a sample of departments within our Order.  310+ members participated.  That’s 5% of our membership!  In the PDF file is a copy of PowerPoint slides that give the results of that survey.  Your Commander-in-Chief and your Council of Administration feel strongly that these results should be shared broadly with the membership.  We believe that there is little surprise in the results.  What the participants felt strongly about are the same subjects that we hear being discussed in our Camps and Departments all around the SUVCW.  Please share these results with your Brothers.  Take them to meetings.  Post them on Camp and Department web sites.  We are at a crossroads.  Membership is stagnant which means our revenue is also stagnant.  We must work hard to do our duty to protect the continuing sustainability of our Order.
In Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty,
David McReynolds
Chairman, Strategic Development Committee

Commander-in-Chief’s Message to the Membership #5/2017-2018

Commander-in-Chief Day made a commitment to have his agenda and communications to the membership transparent and open for all.  In accordance with that commitment, we’re posting his final message to the membership at this time.  More information about these items will be posted in the Proceedings of the National Encampment when available, and the minutes of the meetings of the Council of Administration.

As, I come to the end of my term as Commander-in-Chief, I first want to tell you that our Great Order is strong in terms of its finances, has taken the required steps to implement a strategic plan for taking advantage of our 501c3 tax status, and is making progress on becoming more efficient at its National Headquarter by updating our technical infrastructure.
However, I would be remiss to not also state that our efforts at membership growth have proven to only maintain a status quo regarding our total membership numbers; even though we have gained seven (7) new camps and are on the verge of establishing several more. We are simply treading water and the Order must find a way to bring in new members both hereditary and associate. Membership must continue to be a major focus of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in the next year and those following it. In my talks with many of the Department Encampments and in several addresses to other bodies, I have related a story about a woman in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania who called me and asked if there was a heritage group that honors the Union Soldiers. Those that have heard me tell this story know that this lady lived on Middle Street a few houses from the G.A.R Hall, had witnessed many Remembrance Day Parades but still did not know we exist. For me this is a symptom of our greater identify and membership problems. If a woman from Gettysburg doesn’t know we exist, then we have real identity issues, which must be immediately addressed.

I also regret to say that our relationship with some of the other Allied Orders is not as strong as I would wish it to be. In April we learned that the L.G.A.R would not be joining us this year, and this deeply saddened me, but on a positive note the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861 – 1865 almost simultaneously approached our Son’s Fraternal Relations Committee with a query about a co-located National Encampment and Convention sometime in the next five years. Brothers we are stronger as a unified voice seeking to fulfill the goals we aspire to for keeping the memory of the men who sacrificed so much to preserve the Union and free a people in bondage. We must find ways to preserve and strengthen our fraternal ties with the L.G.A.R., the DUVCW, the WRC, and the Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. We must solve the issues that have arisen and not allow our organizations to be drawn into differences that arise from instances of individual interpersonal interactions or relationships, or they shall become a plague which threatens to cripple all the Allied Orders and effectively end our ability to work cooperatively in accomplishing the mission we all share and hold dear. Last August, the CofA tasked me to form a committee to work with those Allied Orders, who traditionally hold their national meeting with the Sons, and to establish formal agreements with them. Such an agreement has been made with the Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans for the 2020 Encampment and it is hoped that other agreements can be made with the L.G.A.R or WRC in the future.

As you are probably aware, I became Commander-in-Chief on August 12th last year and that on very day a situation in Charlottesville, VA brought the issue of Monuments to the forefront. In the first several months of my term, I spent a great deal of time on the issue of monuments. I first issued GO #2 to clarify who the official spokesperson of the Sons of Union Veterans to ensure we did not have a mixed set of messages being put forward. I was interviewed on talk radio in Detroit, Michigan and I was interviewed by the Associated Press. As the year proceeded the monuments issue became less and less of a news item and has generally remained so to this time. However, it is too soon to believe this issue will not return to the forefront as the anniversary of the events in Charlottesville occurs in the coming weeks.

I have sought to fulfill my promise to communicate with the membership more regularly through a CinC message. I have written four such messages but since the last one in March my schedule has been very demanding, and I have not been able to follow through with additional messages. This message contains much of the text found in my final report to the CofA and National Encampment attendees and is intended to let the Brothers not in attendance at the National Encampment have the benefit of receiving the information contained within it in a timely manner.

This past Spring, I issued General Order #18 at the request of the National Treasurer. I am, pleased that the Departments have acted so quickly to complete the by-law requirements found in General Order 18 and I have complete confidence that all the Camps and Departments will have complied with its provisions by the June 2019 deadline. To date, I have approved and signed the by-laws of more than 10 Departments. It is imperative that the Camps and Departments complete the insertion of the IRS required language by the deadline. The National Treasurer will shortly be sending out a form that each Department Commander will have to sign (for accountability) verifying he has reviewed and approved each of the Camp’s by- laws in his Department, ensuring that the IRS language had been incorporated.

On a more personal note, I thank all those who have contributed to my initiative to complete the memorial plaza for Dr. Stephenson in Illinois. Getting the names of those Camps and Department who have so generously given has proven to be a task. I have given out many streamers, but I know there are many others who gave and have not been awarded the streamer. If there is a Department or Camp that has not been recognized, I would appreciate that they contact me directly and I will ensure that they have their streamer. In April it was my great pleasure to attend the annual ceremonies at the Stephenson Plaza and see the raising of two beautiful Bronze lighted flag poles, which have greatly increased the beauty of the site, and I encourage all the Brothers of the SUVCW to stop by and see the gorgeous Marble Benches, provided by each of the Allied Orders and the individual pavers that have been installed. I think you will be proud of the work that has been done.

Before going on to my recommendations and other administrative matters, I wish to commend those who were involved in accomplishing some of the very significant actions, I have previously mentioned. First, I would ask that Brother David McReynolds, our National Treasurer and his Strategic Development Committee be commended for the work they have done
to move the Sons of Union Veterans forward along the path to attaining and utilizing the 501c3 tax status, which we were granted in February 2017. I would also wish to thank Brother Michael Paquette for his efforts to survey and recommend technological updates at the National Headquarters, which were sorely needed. I would further like to take a moment to recognize PCinC Mortorff for his selfless dedication to manning the National Headquarters and maintaining it during the illness of Executive Director Demmy. We owe Brother Gene a lot for stepping up and keeping the order running as normal through some of its busiest months.

Brothers we are in the end, as an organization, the sum of our parts. These Brothers are just the tip of the amazing body of men who are striving to make the SUVCW viable. God Bless all of them; for without them, I know not what we would be or do. I will never forget the great honor and privilege that you have afforded me as your Commander-in-Chief over the last year. This will undoubtably be the highlight of my life and I am forever in your debt.

May a gracious providence grant grace and peace to this order and may it ever be loyal to its credo of Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty.

I have the following recommendations:

1. That the CinC Appointed Strategic Development Committee be continued and made a standing committee by this encampment. This is the committee which is overseeing our Fund-raising efforts as a 501c3 and they are critical to our continued progress and success.
2. That the Fraternal Relations Committee be allocated a small budget ($500) that can be used to support its efforts and that the Fraternal Relations Committee job description be modified to show a tasking to correspond and interact with all the allied Orders in the furtherance of our joint goal of practicing Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty.
3. That an appointed position called Public Affairs Officer be created and that a job description be written that includes the duty of:
a. Issuing Press Releases for all National Activities and Events.
b. Working with the Signals Officer to produce 15, 30, and 60 second video ads, which can be distributed as PSA’s.
4. That a Committee be established tasked with identifying all the financial aspects requirements, facilities requirements and staffing requirements that are necessary to Establish a standalone Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War National headquarters by the year 2022, and which would bring both our administrative and quartermaster functions under one roof. This committee should be tasked with providing a plan to accomplish the establishment of a permanent National Headquarters by the National in 2020. I believe this is a necessary step if we are to grow and prosper and be recognized as a legitimate and professional heritage organization in the 21st Century.
5. That the CinC Appointed Communications and Technology Sub- Committee on technology needs at the National HQ be continued by my successor to complete the work which was begun on updating and enhancing our effectiveness.
6. That the National Special Committee on Website redesign be continued through the year 2021.
7. That the CinC Appointed Committee on the Allied Orders and National Encampments be continued so that it can continue to work with the Allied Orders on Joint Encampment Agreements.

Significant Administrative Actions taken over the year:

1. New Camps Chartered in the Departments of New York (1), Tennessee (1), North Carolina (1), Missouri (1), Kentucky (1), Indiana (1), and Texas (1)
2. Disbandment of Camps in the Department of New York (2), Georgia and South Carolina (1), Missouri (1), Chesapeake (2)
3. General Order (#2) clarifying who is the official Spokesman of the SUVCW on Monument Matters.
4. General Order (#18) IRS Language to be added to Department and Camp By-laws.
5. General Order (#3) Ruling on appropriate Camp names when applying for a new Camp.
6. General Order (#6) Ruling on status of life members paying department Per capita.
7. General Order (#24) Ruling affirming the power of a Department Encampment to direct a Department Commander to appoint committees and to delineate the membership of committees as the Department Encampment sees necessary.
8. General Order (#32) Suspension of Department of Columbia and Department of Connecticut.
9. General Order (#33) Proposed Amendment to the Constitution and Regulations.
10. Negotiation and Approval by the Council of Administration of a 2020 Joint Encampment Agreement with the Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
11. The presentation of appropriate Awards and Honors to Brothers of the Order, our Departments, and Camps. Please see my final General Order for a listing of all the Awards presented at the National Encampment.

Travel and Activities of the CinC

In 2017
September 23rd attended the Sons of Spanish American War Annual Congress
September 30th Speaker for Medal of Honor Ceremony Lexington Park, MD
October 6th Attended and brought fraternal greetings to the Central Region G.A.R. Allied Orders in Cleveland, OH
October 28th Attended and brought greetings to the MOLLUS and DOLLUS Annual Congress in Gettysburg, PA
November 4th Attended and brought greetings during the Testimonial for the President ASUVCW in Alliance, OH
November 11th Attended, brought greetings, and placed a wreath during the Veterans Day Ceremonies in Charlottesville, VA
November 11th Attended Antietam Camp Veterans Day Dinner in Frederick, MD
November 18th Attended and spoke during Remembrance Day programs in Gettysburg, PA
December 10th Attended the annual ceremony for the Irish Brigade at the Battle of Fredericksburg and placed a wreath
December 21st Attended the funeral for Brother David Demmy’s wife Marilyn in Harrisburg, PA
In 2018
January 27th Attended the Mid-year meeting of the Department of Indiana in Greenfield, IN
February 3rd Attended the Mid-year meeting of the Department of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, WI
February 12th placed a wreath for the annual Lincoln Birthday program at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC
March 16-17 Attended the Department of California Annual Encampment in Bakersfield, CA
March 24-25 Attended Spring CofA Meeting in Franklin, TN
April 6-8 Attended Department of Rhode Island Annual Encampment in Providence, RI
April 13-15 Lincoln Death Day Ceremonies in Springfield, Ill, spoke and placed wreath (also attended Stephenson ceremony)
April 20-21 Attended Georgia / South Carolina Department Annual Encampment in Lexington, SCApril 27-29 Attended Department of the Chesapeake Annual Encampment, in Ellicott City, MD
May 4-6 Attended the Department of Michigan Annual Encampment in Lansing, MI
May 28th Attended National Observed Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery and placed wreath
May 30th Attended Traditional Memorial Day observances in Arlington National Cemetery and placed wreath
June 1- 3 Attended Department of Missouri Annual Encampment in Bennett Springs, MO
June 8-10 Attended Department of Ohio Annual Encampment in Columbus, OH
June 28-30 Attended Pennsylvania Department Annual Encampment in Williamsport, PA
July 17-18 Attended and brought greetings at the opening ceremonies of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Cool Springs, TN
July 25th Attended and brought greetings at the Daughters Union Veterans of the Civil War Convention in Bloomington, MN

May God Bless each of you, our organization, and our nation.

In Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty
Your Brother and servant
Mark R. Day
Commander-in-Chief Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Commander-in-Chief’s message to the membership #4/2017-18

Commander-in-Chief’s message to the membership #4/2017-18


Much has happened since, I last wrote to you. The holiday’s passed quickly and pleasantly here

in Lynchburg and I hope that they did the same at your homes.

January saw the beginning of a new year and the beginning of the Annual Encampments. Our

Brothers in Kansas held the first annual encampment on January 13th but unfortunately, I was

unable to attend due to winter weather issues. I was however able to attend the Mid-year

meeting of the Department of Indiana at the end of January and the Mid-year meeting of the

Department of Wisconsin and Minnesota the first weekend in February. Both Departments are

very involved with the work of the Order and I commended them for their efforts. I was

particularly impressed with the determination both departments displayed for completing the

“Last Soldier Project” and I found the work Indiana has done in documenting the locations of

their last soldier graves and their monuments using a Google Mapping application worthy of

being considered by the rest of the Order.

In the coming weeks, I shall be making visits in the departments of California, Rhode Island,

Georgia / South Carolina, and the Chesapeake. If you are a member of one of those departments,

I hope you will attend your encampment so I can have an opportunity to personally meet you.

Administrative Items of importance:

1. General Order 23 (Awards) – I recently sent out my General Order 23, which details the

procedures for submitting awards to the national for the period August 2017 – July 2018.

I encourage each of you to review both General Order 23 and the Awards Policy, which

can be found by clicking the Governance Link on the National Website and looking on

the left-hand side of the page.

a. Mary Walker Award – To eliminate any ambiguity, I remind you that if your

camp or department is going to recommend a lady for the Mary Walker Award, at

either the department or national level, she must a member of the LGAR, the

WRC, the Auxiliary, or the Daughters to be eligible. I would also suggest that

you review the awards policy for the additional specific criteria necessary for the


b. Stephenson Memorial Plaza Streamer – Many of you have written to me asking

about the streamers, I said would be given for donations to the Stephenson

Memorial Plaza project. I have had the streamers produced and shall begin to

issue them throughout the spring months. I want to express my thanks to each

camp and department who provided funds and would like those who have not to

know there is still time. I will keep the award open right up to the National


2. General Order 18 (By-laws changes) – I have issued, at the request of the National

Treasurer General Order 18, which requires the Camps and Departments to make changes

to their by-laws no later than June 2019, in support of our continued attempts to gain a

Group 501c3 tax exemption for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Several

Brothers have written to me with questions on this General Order. In preparing this

Order, I discussed several aspects of the required IRS wording with former Commandersin-

Chief, Brothers who are experts on our Constitution and Regulations, and my

Counselors. These eminent advisors helped to formulate a way to meet the IRS

requirements and remain compliant to our C&R. Chapter V, Article V(a) of the C&R

states that all property of the Camps and Departments are held in Trust for the National

and the Regulations authorize the Department Commander to take possession of the

materials, as agent of the National Organization. In the section of IRS required language

on disposing of property from disbanded Camps found in GO 18 we are citing Chapter V

Article V(a) as the justification for designating the Department Commander to act as

agent of the National Organization in the case of a Camps disbandment and to hold any

property in trust for the National Organization. In this way a method was devised to

comply with IRS regulations in our attempt to obtain 501c3 for the subordinate units and

yet not be in violation with the C&R. Having said this, I will expect there to be several

proposed changes to the C&R this summer in Boston to help bring it in line with the

current IRS laws and policies for 501c3 organizations.

a. I have also been contacted by a few Brothers regarding who is responsible for

approving the By-law changes of Camps. In answer to that let me share the


National Constitution and Regulations Article XIV By-laws

Section 1. Camps shall adopt By-Laws subject to the approval of the Department

Commander. All amendments, alterations, or deletion of Camp By-Laws shall be

submitted to the Department Commander for approval as to consistency with the

Articles of Incorporation, Constitution, Regulations and Department By-Laws.

No By-Laws, amendments, alterations, or deletions shall be effective until

approved by the Department Commander in writing.

3. Updated Annual Report Forms – Brothers should be aware that a new Form 27 and a new

Form 35 have been published on the National Website.

4. Memorial University – I have received several emails from Brothers asking about the

Memorial University Program. I apologize for any problems that our Brothers might

have experienced. I have communicated with the Patriotic Instructor and he assures me

that the program is running smoothly and that all completion awards will be forwarded to

those who have earned them.

5. I wish to acknowledge that an error was made in GO 13. Real Daughter Maggie Devane

lived in St. Pauls, North Carolina, not St. Paul, Minnesota.

Upcoming Events of Interest

6. 150th Anniversary of General Logan’s GO 11 and the first Memorial Day at Arlington

National Cemetery in 1868.

a. Brothers this coming May 30th should be a ‘Red Letter” date on our calendars.

We will be marking the 150th Anniversary of General Logan’s GO 11 and it is

my hope that every Camp and Department will consider holding a special event to

celebrate this momentous occasion.

b. In honor of the 150th anniversary of Logan’s GO 11; the SUVCW Foundation has

produced a medal that will be available later this spring. For more information

you should go to the Foundation’s link on our National Website or contact

Brother Robert Petrovic at

7. Lincoln Death Day Ceremony and Luncheon (14 April)

This is an annual event that many of the Brothers attend. It is a singularly special

ceremony to honor the memory of our 16th President and is held at the site of his final

resting place. As Commander-in-Chief, I have to opportunities to give due homage to

this great man however, this ceremony in Springfield is the most significant for me.

Please join me if you can on April and then come over to the Luncheon and spend an

hour or so with your Brothers and Sisters of the Allied Orders. Reservation forms were

included in the recent Banner and they are available on the National Website.

Later in the afternoon there will be a ceremony at the Stephenson Memorial Plaza in

Petersburg, about a 35-minute ride from Springfield. Current plans call for a dedication

of flag poles and other fixtures at the Memorial Plaza.

Other Upcoming events of Note:

8. Testimonial Dinner for Commander-in-Chief Day, Frederick Maryland, March 10th

9. Meeting of the National Council of Administration in Franklin Tennessee, March 23 and


10. National Encampment, Boston, Massachusetts, August 8-12

Brothers let me conclude my message with this comment. Our Camps and Departments are

incredibly engaged in reaching our mission goals, and I am so proud to be your Commander-in-

Chief. As proof, I offer these few examples; we are chartering new camps in four departments,

in Utah we are making progress on having US Hwy 6 once again designated as the G.A.R

Highway, and in the Chesapeake the brothers are supporting the preservation of battlefield land

near Manassas as well as the reburial of Union soldiers remains at Arlington. Each of you can be

proud to belong to this great organization, which daily fulfills its mission to preserve, honor the

men who preserved the Union and set a people free from bondage.

May God Bless each of you, our organization, and our nation.

In Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty

Your Brother and servant

Mark R. Day

Commander-in-Chief, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Lincoln Tomb Ceremony – April 2018.

All are invited to participate in the 62nd 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 14, 2018.

Headquarters Hotel: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams St., Springfield,IL 62701. The room rate is $100.00 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 23, 2018. 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 14th.

Luncheon will be held at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel at 12:30PM. The luncheon program  will feature a talk by Robert Amsler, Jr. on “Railroads: Coming of Age in the Civil War”. Luncheon cost is $35.00 per person.

REGISTRATION FORM: Lincoln Tomb 2018

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


Commander in Chief’s message November, 2017

Commander-in-Chief’s message to the membership #3/2017-18


I apologize for not communicating with you in October.  I began to put together a message several times but set them aside to deal with the business of the Order or travel for an event.

Let me begin by talking about this coming weekends Remembrance Day events.  Remembrance Day is perhaps the single most important event that the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Allied Orders participate in yearly. It is the day we take time to remember the Boys in Blue who went off to preserve our great nation, Abraham Lincoln our greatest President, and the men of the G.A.R. who set the example of dedication to the preservation of our history for the Allied Orders of the G.A.R to follow.

Remembrance Day is also a time when many decedents of the men who fought at Gettysburg come to pay their respects to their valiant ancestors by visiting the various monuments and memorials that dot the landscape or to walk the ground over which their ancestors fought and sometimes paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Throughout the weekend there will be many ceremonies and events that will at times challenge our ability to cope with, but we will somehow manage and on Sunday afternoon we will once again feel the pride which comes from having done our duty to honor and remember.

Remembrance Day is organized and put on by the Sons Veterans Reserve under the leadership of Major General Robert Grim and his excellent staff.  I remind all who attend to work with the Sons Veterans Reserve and to obey the directions of the Sons Veterans Reserve Provost Marshall, Major David Hann as we conduct the Woolson Monument Ceremonies in Ziglar’s Grove at 11:00 am and later in the day the annual parade, which will have a slightly modified route this year.  Perhaps some of you have heard of the recent article in the Gettysburg times that is related to Remembrance Day and have concerns.  I want to ensure you that the Sons Veterans Reserve Leadership is working in close cooperation with the Gettysburg Police, the National Park Police, and many other law enforcement agencies to ensure that we have a safe and successful weekend.  Barbara and I will be arriving on Friday evening at the Eisenhower.  I am truly looking forward to seeing and speaking with as many of my Brothers and Sisters in the Allied Orders as possible and hope they will take the time to seek me out.



Now a few other items that need to be noted for the benefit of the membership.

  1. It has come to my attention through the National Headquarters staff, that we have members in each department who while active members in their respective Departments and Camps are not receiving the Banner because they do not appear on the active membership role maintained at National HQ. This discrepancy appears to be caused when a member is brought in to a Department or Camp and for some reason his application is not forwarded to National HQ.  To rectify this discrepancy, I request that Departments and Camps audit or review their rosters for Brothers who are in this situation and provide the required paperwork to the National HQ as soon as possible.
  2. This past week, I issued a ruling on a question, which was posed to myself and the National Counselor on the payment of Department and Camp Dues by Life Members. This ruling went out as General Order #6 and I invite you to read it.  You can find it on the National Website by clicking the Governance Link at the top of the Home Page and then looking on the left-hand side of the governance page for the General Orders of the CinC.  I encourage all Brothers to be familiar with the National Website’s Governance Page as that is where most of the important information and documents of the order is located
  3. I have been actively traveling in support of the SUVCW. Among the more significant events were an invitation to speak to the Sons of Veterans Spanish American War Congress in Crewe, Virginia, an invitation to attend and speak at the Central Region Allied Orders of the G.A.R meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, an invitation to attend and speak at the Military Order Loyal Legion of the United States Congress in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and an invitation to attend the Testimonial Dinner given in honor of Sister Ramona Greenwalt, President of the Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in Alliance, Ohio.
  4. Arrangements have been made to hold the Spring meeting of the Council of Administration near Nashville, TN on March 23rd and 24th
  5. I would ask that you continue to pray for those Brothers in Texas, Florida, and California who experienced hardship because of Natural Disasters.
  6. I want to thank all the Departments and Camps who have responded to my request that they assist the Department of Illinois’s Stephenson Memorial Plaza Project with donations. I am currently having the streamers designed and intend to begin awarding them in the new year.  I also apologize for not stating that a brick in the Memorial Plaza cost $150.00 in my earlier message.  I understand however, that in some cases local SUVCW Camps and ASUVCW Auxiliaries have worked together purchase a brick, and I find that a heartwarming indication of our cooperation and  joint belief in honoring the founder of the G.A.R.
  7. I would ask that you be diligent in completing your annual reports and remind the Camp and Department Secretaries that we now have an official membership card, which contains proprietary information, and is available from the Quartermaster.  Instructions for printing the cards can be found on the National Website under Forms on the Governance page.


  1. Previously, I made you aware of the efforts of the Brothers of the Department of Tennessee to preserve historic Fort Negley in Nashville from commercial development. That effort continues and has now received the backing of several State and National Preservation experts and organizations.  If you would like more information, I am sure the Brothers in Tennessee would be happy to answer your questions.
  2. Chief of Staff, Brother Faron Taylor, and I have almost completed the CinC Department Encampment Visitation Schedule.  There are a few dates left but it is my hope to finalize the schedule and assign representatives to those Department Encampments, I cannot attend by the CofA meeting this coming Sunday in Gettysburg.
  3. Recruiting new members remains everyone’s job. I would also continue to ask for your diligence with new members and process their applications expeditiously.  Nothing is more damaging to our efforts than holding up the processing and initiation of new members, and once you have new members get them and yourselves involved in activities that promote our motto of Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty.

As always, it is my hope that these CinC messages help in keeping the membership aware of the activities of your national officers and the important events / projects that are being conducted by our Camps and Departments.  I encourage each Camp and Department to keep me informed on their activities and needs by emailing me at or if it is something needing immediate attention calling me at the number listed on the National Website.

In Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty

Mark R. Day

Commander-in-Chief Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

CinC message 1 regarding Remembrance Day security concerns

Brothers and Sisters of Allied Orders,

I have spoken with the leadership of the Sons Veterans Reserve and they have provided the following official statement on Security for the Remembrance Day events:

SECURITY NOTICE The Gettysburg Pennsylvania Police Department, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania State Police and the National Park Service have developed and put into place a comprehensive plan to address any security issues that might develop during the Remembrance Day Weekend, 2017 and in particular, the 61st Annual Remembrance Day Parade to be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Any questions can be addressed to the Gettysburg Police Department, specifically, Chief Dougherty or Sgt. Weikert. 

Chief Joseph F. Dougherty
Sgt. Larry Weikert

Any additional information that is made available will be shared with you as soon as it is received using a CinC Message /Notice to the Membership, the National FB site, and the National Website

In Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty
Mark R. Day
Commander-in-Chief Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

CinC’s Corner: Latest communication

As a promise to the Order, CinC Day stated that he would occasionally post details of his agenda and thinking that do not fall within the binding authority of General Orders. These thoughts and rationale are all presented for the Good of the Order, and CinC Day encourages and values the voice of every Brother on every issue.

Commander-in-Chief’s message to the membership #2/2017-18
I have several purposes in mind as, I begin this message to you this evening. One is to provide information as to the effects the recent wildfires and hurricanes have had on our SUVCW family, a second item is to make you aware of a opportunity to support a very worthwhile project, which reflects the core values of our organization, and lastly to make several announcements.
For the past two weeks, I like many of you have sat transfixed by the images coming from our nations Gulf Coast and Northwest. The events which have unfolded before our eyes, via the twenty-four hours news cycle, have been challenging for our nation and more especially for our SUVCW brothers in Oregon, Texas and Florida. Hurricane Harvey has brought disruption and havoc to the lives of at least two of our Brothers living in Houston, who lost their homes, and Hurricane Irma saw the need for our National Historian Robert Waltz (sic), who lives in Key West, to evacuate his home and workplace. Regrettably we must assume that many additional Brothers have had their lives disrupted and need our prayers and support. In the hope of identifying our Brothers in need, I have contacted the Department leadership in both Texas and Florida and asked them to provide the names of Brothers who need assistance to either myself or Chaplain Jerry. This will allow us to communicate the needs of our Brothers and Sisters to those of you who want to assist in their effort to recover from this most assuredly life changing experience. As information becomes available, we will disseminate it through our National Website and National Facebook page. I would ask that you periodically look at those sites for updates on our Brothers and Sisters who have been impacted by these natural disasters. I would also encourage you to consider contributing to the relief of the people in Oregon, Texas, and Florida through the charity of your choice to the extent you can do so without harming yourselves.

Now on to my second purpose. Many of you are aware of the Department of Illinois efforts to establish a memorial plaza at the grave of Dr. Stephenson, the founder of the Grand Army of the Republic in Petersburg, Ill. This past June my wife and I stopped by the grave site and had the chance to see the improvements that have been made. To say that the improvements were impressive would be an understatement. The beautiful Italian marble benches, each reflecting the emblems of one of the Allied Orders, are spectacular and the newly installed paving stones that will ultimately surround the obelisk, marking Dr. Stephenson’s grave, give evidence to the beautiful setting that will be created; making the plaza a lasting and powerful testimony to the Allied Orders fulfillment of their joint goal to preserve and honor the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and those who sacrificed so much to preserve our nation.
It is my heartfelt desire to see the memorial plaza completed and available for all to see and to provide a tangible symbol for educating the public about the Grand Army. To that end, I am asking that each camp and department consider donating to this project so that the memorial plaza can be completed in the coming year. The Department of Illinois has a plan to continue the work of installing the paving stones and two flag poles, but funding is necessary for its completion. Information on the project can be found on the Department of Illinois Website and I encourage you to look it over. As an incentive, I will provide an appropriate certificate to any camp that donates at least $100 and an appropriate streamer to any department that has at least 75% of its camps donate at least $100.00.

Now to the last of my purposes; announcements.
1. Brother Eric Richhart has been elected by the Council of Administration to fill the role of National Expansion Officer.

2. I have reappointed PCinC Grim and PCinC Darby for a term of two years on the Constitution and Regulations Committee said terms to expire in 2019.

3. The Listing of National Officers and Committee Assignments has been updated and I would ask that you review and familiarize yourself with it. These are the folks you will need to know if you have questions.

4. With the end of the year approaching we will soon be electing Camp Officers and preparing reports. I would ask that you be diligent in completing your reports and remind the Camp and Department Secretaries that we now have an official membership card, which contains proprietary information, and is available from the Quartermaster. Instructions for printing the cards can be found on the National Website under Forms on the Governance page.

5. Once again, the Sons Veterans Reserve is planning a fabulous weekend of events for Remembrance Day November 17-19. I hope that many of you will be able to make it to this very special event and I look forward to the opportunity of meeting and speaking with you.

6. I would like to make you aware of the efforts of the Brothers of the Department of Tennessee to preserve historic Fort Negley in Nashville from commercial development. If you would like more information, I am sure the Brothers in Tennessee would be happy to answer your questions.

7. I would encourage those Departments or individuals who would like me to attend their encampments or events; to contact the Chief of Staff, Brother Faron Taylor, so they can be placed on the schedule and advised of my availability.

8. Recruiting new members in everyone’s job. Those of you who were at the National Encampment in Lansing will remember that, I asked for each member to always carry an application form #3 in their pocket. You never know where the opportunity will arise to make a new Brother. Take advantage of the moment and let (Carpe Diem) be our by-word in recruiting. I would also ask that you be diligent with new members and process their applications expeditiously. Nothing is more damaging to our efforts than holding up the processing and initiation of new members, and once you have new members get them and yourselves involved in activities that promote our motto of Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty.

It is my hope that these CinC messages help in keeping the membership aware of the activities of your national officers and the important events / projects that are being conducted by our Camps and Departments. I encourage each Camp and Department to keep me informed on their activities and needs by emailing me at or if it is something needing immediate attention calling me at the number listed on the National Website.

In Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty

Mark R. Day
Commander-in-Chief Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War