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The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of veteran heroes who fought and worked to save the Union in the American Civil War. Organized Nationally in 1881 and chartered by Congress in 1954, SUVCW is the legal heir and successor to the Grand Army of the Republic.

The New York Department SUVCW is headed by an annually elected Commander, over 14 community based camps throughout the state of New York. More than 500 men enjoy  membership in the only male organization dedicated to the principles of the GAR — Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty. It publishes “The VOLUNTEER” issued thrice a year. The SUVCW state meetings aka encampments are held with the allied orders throughout the state of New York.

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Timeline PhotosHappy Veterans Day from all of us at Civil War Times magazine. Thank you for your service.

This photograph shows an unidentified Civil War veteran with an unidentified World War I soldier, likely a grandfather and grandson, photographed by James B. Schriever.

Photo: Library of Congress
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Happy 244th birthday to the United States Marine Corps! Two battalions of Continental Marines were formed in Philadelphia on November 10, 1775, during the early days of the Revolutionary War.

Marines have fought in every conflict since the Revolution, including the Civil War. This photo shows a few U.S. Marines during the Civil War.

Happy birthday and Semper Fi, Marines!
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Happy 244th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps.

The only major land action seen by the USMC during the Civil War was during First Bull Run when Major John G. Reynolds marched four companies from the the Marine Barracks in Washington DC on July 21, 1861. This battalion consisted of 12 officers, 17 noncommissioned officers, 320 privates, and four musicians. All of the privates had been Marines for less than a month, and Reynolds reported that they had barely learned facing movements.

Left to defend the Union artillery, the Marines were overrun in the flank by the 33rd Virginia who were still wearing blue federal uniforms. Three attempts were made by the Marines to retake the battery before joining the general retreat with the rest of the Army.
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Did you know that Harriet Tubman was a military veteran? In the Civil War, she was a spy and scout and was the only woman to plan and lead an armed expedition during that conflict. Known as the Combahee River Raid, the expedition freed 750 enslaved people in South Carolina. Yesterday, NPR talked about this little known chapter of Tubman's life with Elizabeth Cobbs, author of "The Tubman Command." Here's the story: n.pr/36SuA6r
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GAR Monuments Around NYS

Soldiers Sailors and Marines of Genesee County, Batavia, NY

Major General Upton

In Memory of The Soldiers Sailors and Marines of Genesee County

(Left plaque inscription)

Battles ...

Capt. Charles R. Rand Memorial, Batavia NY

In Memory of Capt. Charles R. Rand

A native Batavian who once lived at No. 4 ...

Civil War Soldier’s and Sailor’s Memorial, Manhattan NY

Civil War Soldier's and Sailor's Memorial
89th St and Riverside


Photograph by Jeffrey Albanese

General Grant National Memorial, Manhattan NY

General Grant National Memorial
Riverside Dr at 122nd St
Manhattan, NY

Photograph by Jeffrey Albanese