Who we are…

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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"Hallo, Sam, I'm dead! Yes, yes, I'm dead—good-by!" #OnThisDay in 1862, Union Gen. Jesse Reno spoke these (his final) words to Gen. Samuel Sturgis after being shot in the chest during the fight for South Mountain, which set the stage for the Battle of Antietam 3 days later. ... See MoreSee Less

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Timeline Photos#AbrahamLincoln on an 1857 photograph that he felt was a particularly good likeness. Others disagreed. #AbeSays ... See MoreSee Less

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The battle of South Mountain-a precursor to the battle of Antietam-took place in Maryland on this day in 1862. One of the first Union regiments to go into the fight that day was the 23rd Ohio, led by Lt. Col. Rutherford B. Hayes.

Hayes was severely wounded in the left arm during the fight. One of his men tied a tourniquet above the wound, and Hayes continued to fight. He was eventually taken for medical treatment, and doctors considered amputating the arm. Ultimately, Hayes's arm was saved, but he was out of action for the fight three days later at Antietam and for the next several months.

Hayes served until the end of the war. Later, of course, he was the 19th President of the United States (1877-81). Of all the Civil War veterans who served as president, Hayes was the only one wounded in action.
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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
1839-1908

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