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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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Happy Monument Monday! Today's entry features the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry memorial, located on Culp's Hill near Spangler's Spring. This small monument was the first permanent regimental monument erected outside the National Cemetery, and it overlooks Spangler's Meadow, across which the regiment made a desperate charge on the morning of July 3, 1863.

Upon receiving the command to lead his regiment into Spangler's Meadow, Lt. Col. Charles Mudge supposedly remarked "Well it is murder, but it's the orders." Mudge fell dead among the grass that day, one of the 45 2nd Massachusetts men killed or wounded; an additional 90 were wounded.

To learn more about Spangler's Meadow and the battle for Culp's Hill, join CWI Director Peter Carmichael, Gettysburg NMP ranger Chris Gwinn, and Dr. Jim Broomall of Shepherd University for a free walking tour of the hill at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 13!
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John Sydney Crawford was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 19, 1839. He was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania before mustering into service on August 26, 1862 as a private with the 17th Pennsylvania Regiment of Infantry. He eventually was promoted to 1st Lt. of the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry and then to Captain of the 114th's Company "I" on February 26, 1864. He also served as acting Quartermaster and acting Adjutant.

Crawford can be found posing in several photographs probably taken by T.H. O'Sullivan near Petersburg sometime in August 1864 -- in one instance smiling; in other instances confidently posing within a group of fellow officers; posing alone in front of his tent; or relaxing in a card playing/drinking scene. In each instance in which he was seated, he always gripped the hilt of his sword.

Can you identify his medal?

See: www.pacivilwar.com/bios/crawford_john.php

Detail from Library of Congress B817- 7137, B817- 7138, B817- 7037, B817- 7144, and B817- 7145.
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Medal of Honor Day is a United States Federal Holiday that is celebrated every year on March 25. It was created to honor the "heroism and sacrifice of Medal of Honor recipients for the United States." The holiday has been celebrated since 1991, when George H. W. Bush signed Public Law 101-564 on November 15, 1990.

The date of March 25th was chosen to honor the date in 1863, when the first Medal of Honor was awarded to Pvt. Jacob Parrott, for his part in the "Great Locomotive Chase.

Jacob Parrott's Medal of Honor is part of the West Point Museum's collection
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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