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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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The Surrender Site Memorial was dedicated yesterday October 17th on the 242nd anniversary of the British Surrender. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Dix-Hill Cartel.

At the beginning of the war, neither side was interested in holding large numbers of enemy soldiers because of the expense. Confederates, however, believed that participating in prisoner exchanges would lend legitimacy to the argument that the Confederacy was an independent, civilized nation. President Lincoln did not want encourage foreign recognition of the Confederacy, but public pressure led him in July 1862 to agree to a formalized exchange arrangement named after its chief negotiators, Union Maj. Gen. John A Dix and Confederate Maj. Gen. Daniel H. Hill. Under the Dix-Hill cartel, paroled prisoners were honor-bound not to resume fighting until they had been exchanged for an equivalent number of prisoners from the other side.

During the year or so that the cartel was active and healthy, soldiers and officers knew that if they surrendered they would be treated fairly well and held prisoner only fairly briefly. The cartel broke down in the second half of 1863 after both sides accused the other of cheating and because of the Confederacy’s announcement it would not treat captured African-Americans soldiers as prisoners of war but instead as fugitive slaves. There was a sharp dropoff in exchanges and horrible prisoner of war camps such as Andersonville were opened.

Photo: Confederate soldiers prisoners of war ~1863

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[The Recess Appointment] Following the resignation of Associate Justice John Archibald Campbell, President Lincoln made a recess appointment of David Davis to the Supreme Court on October 17, 1862. He was later formally nominated on December 1, 1862. Previously, Davis served as the campaign manager to Lincoln during the 1860 Republican National Convention. He later served as a senator from Illinois where he became the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
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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