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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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This weekend, we will be commemorating each section - individually or by groups - of Arlington National Cemetery with photos, history, and information on landmarks and notable graves. If you see a section in which you ancestors, family or loved ones, please mention them so we may remember them with you.

Section 27 – The original military cemetery was located here on 13 May 1864. When ANC became a national cemetery on 15 June 1864, this section became a segregated section for African American service members and civilians. This section was originally called the “Lower Cemetery.” Many of the government-furnished markers here have a sunken shield engraved into the marble, designating Civil War (or Spanish American War) service.

The first burial in Section 27 was Pvt. William Christman. Also in this Section is Pvt. James Richmond, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for capturing the flag at Gettysburg.

(U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue)
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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