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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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Congressman Henry Riggs Rathbone advocated for turning Ford's Theatre and the Petersen House into a memorial to President Lincoln. Rathbone was the son of Clara Harris and Major Henry Rathbone, who were guests of the Lincolns on the night of the assassination. He was unsuccessful in his memorialization requests, but his efforts resulted in a commemorative plaque for the building in 1924. The unveiling of the plaque is shown in this picture. (Image courtesy of The Library of Congress 32290r) ... See MoreSee Less

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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)

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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