Welcome to US Grant Camp #68, Sons of Union Veterans of
the Civil War
Members of the US Grant Camp at the Department of Missouri 2018 Encampment held at Bennett Spring State Park Lodge
Pictured L-R: PDC John Avery, SUVCW Scholarship Recipient John Palmer, PCinC Donald Palmer Jr, National Commander-in-Chief Mark Day, PDC Robert Petrovic, PDC Walt Busch and PCC Robert Aubuchon
Welcome to the award-winning U.S. Grant Camp #68, the proud recipients of the 1997 Abraham Lincoln Award from National Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. We encourage you to look around and find out more about the camp and our namesake, Ulysses S. Grant.
U. S. Grant Camp #68 was chartered on January 25, 1996 and named after the General and 18th President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant.
The camp holds its meetings at Frailey's Grill & Pub.
I-55 & Butler Hill Rd
St. Louis, MO 63128
Meetings are held at 7:00 pm on the second Monday of each month (except August and December). Please email a camp officer prior to attending to confirm meeting time.
-Robert Amsler, Jr., Commander.
Remembering the 56th US Colored Troops -
May 5 - Jefferson Barracks
US Grant Camp #68 led ceremonies at the 56th US Colored Troops Monument in Jefferson Barracks on May 5. The Unit had over 600 casualties to disease during the war and the monument is to the 175+ who died from Cholera on their way home to be mustered out. Special thanks to the Cleveland High School ROTC for participating and presenting the colors. Walter Fox for singing and Professor Sarah Cato for their remarks. A link to the youtube video of the entire ceremony is below.
The mission and objectives of the U.S. Grant Camp are to support those established by the Grand Army of the Republic and passed on to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Specifically, the Grant Camp is committed to:
1) Perpetuating the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and the men who fought to save the Union from 1861 to 1865;
2) Assisting 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;
3) Cooperating in honoring all persons who have patriotically served our country in any war;
4) Teaching patriotism, the duties of citizenship, the true history of our country and the love and honor of the flag of the United States;
5) Opposing every tendency or movement that would weaken loyalty to, or make for the destruction or impairment of our constitutional Union;
6) Inculcating and broadly sustaining the American principles of representative government, of equal rights and of impartial justice for all.
Projects and Activities
It is our responsibility to honor and preserve the memory of the patriotic Union soldiers and members of Grant Army of the Republic who defended and preserved our Nation. To that end, each year, the Grant Camp seeks out and restores Civil War markers, gravesites and memorials, and monuments to the Grand Army of the Republic.
Annual Camp Projects include: General Sherman Remembrance Day at Calvary Cemetery, 56th US Colored Troops Remembrance at Jefferson Barracks, US Grant Remembrance Day at the US Grant National Historic Site in Affton, MO.
In addition to the camp projects, camp members also participate in Lincoln Death Day at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL, and Memorial Day ceremonies at Jefferson Barracks, work with local Boy Scout troops and provide presentations to schools and the general public on the Civil War and its soldiers.
A recent project was the placement of a marker at St. Monica's Catholic Cemetery, Creve Coeur, MO, for Naval Seaman August Moreau, the last surviving Union Soldier of St. Louis County.
Membership in the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is open to all male descendants, whether through lineal or collateral line, and not less than 14 years of age who:
(1) are a blood relative of a soldier, sailor, marine or member of the Revenue Cutter Service, who was regularly mustered and served honorably in, was honorably discharged from or died in the service of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Revenue Cutter Service of the United States of America or in such state regiments called to active service and was subject to orders of United States general officers between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865;
(2) have never been convicted of any infamous or heinous crime and
(3) have, or whose ancestor through whom membership is claimed, has never voluntarily borne arms against the government of the United States; or,
(4) Males who do not have the ancestry to qualify for hereditary membership, but who demonstrate a genuine interest in the Civil War, who are 14 years of age or older and who can subscribe to the purpose and objects of the SUVCW may become Associate Members.
(5)U.S. Grant Camp #68 also provides for Junior Membership & Junior Associates. Junior Members & Junior Associates shall be males between the ages of 8 and 14 who meet the qualifications for membership. They may become SUVCW Members at age 14. They must be accompanied to meetings by a parent or approved guardian.
If there are any questions on membership in U.S. Grant Camp #68 or on the SUVCW in general, please contact the camp membership representative for additional information:
In 1866, Union Veterans of the Civil War organized into the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and became a social and political force hat would control the destiny of the nation for more than six decades. Membership in the veterans' organization was restricted to individuals who had served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Revenue Cutter Service during the Civil War, thereby limiting the life span of the GAR. The GAR existed until 1956.
In 1881 the GAR formed the Sons of Veterans of the United States of America (SV) to carry on its traditions and memory long after the GAR had ceased to exist. In 1925 the SV name was changed to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), under which its federal charter was issued in 1954.
To find out more about the Sons and their activites today, visit their website at http://suvcw.org/.
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