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The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
In 1866 the Union Veterans of the American Civil War (1861-1865) organized themselves into an organization known as the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), membership in the organization was restricted to individuals who had served in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Revenue Cutter Service during the American Civil War, thereby limiting the life span of the Grand Army (The organization existed until 1956) In 1881 the GAR formed the Sons of Veterans of the United States of America (SV) to carry on its traditions and memory long after the GAR had ceased to exist. Membership was open to any man who could prove ancestry to a member of the GAR or to a veteran eligible for membership in the GAR. In later years, men who did not have the ancestry to qualify for hereditary membership, but who demonstrated a genuine interest in the Civil War and could subscribe to the purpose and objectives of the SUVCW and were admitted as Associates, a practice which continues to this day. Many GAR Posts sponsored Camps of the Sons, and in 1925 the Sons name was changed to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), under which its federal charter was issued in 1954, and accordingly became the legally recognized heir to, and representative of, the Grand Army of the Republic. Today, the National Organization of the SUVCW, headed by an annually elected Commander-in-Chief, oversees the operation of 26 Departments, each consisting of one or more states, a Department-at-Large, a National Membership-at-Large, and over 200 community based Camps. More than 6,360 men enjoy the benefits of membership in the only male organization dedicated to the principles of the GAR (Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty). It publishes "The BANNER" quarterly for its members. The SUVCW National Headquarters is located in the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
A Brief History of the Charles Devens Jr. Camp No. 10
The work of organizing the Charles Devens Jr. Camp No. 10 was begun in February and March of 2007, by a handful of members and new members of the Sons of Union Veterans in South Carolina, who felt the time was right to organize the new Camp to preserve the Memory of those Union Veterans from the State of South Carolina, as well as those who are buried within the boundary’s of the State. The first Organizational Meeting for the Camp was set for Saturday, September 1st, 2007, in Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, however due to a poor turnout the meeting was not conducted as sufficient numbers of members and prospective members were not present to conduct business. However, instead of dropping the idea of the organization of the Camp, a second effort was started to hold a second Organizational Meeting on Saturday, January 26th, 2008. At that date five members of the proposed camp came together at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Museum in Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, and elected the Officers of the Camp, and the work of formation was begun. The Camp officers chosen at that time were Commander Kenneth H. Robison II of Columbia, Senior Vice Commander Chadd Vaill of Ridgeville, Secretary-Treasurer David P. Giacomoni of Columbia, and the Camp Council of Ernest Blevins of Villa Rica, Georgia, James W. Lamb of Columbia, and Sylvester Mabie of Summerville.
Members of the Camp at the National Cemetery in Florence, South Carolina
Major General Charles Devens Jr., U.S. Volunteers
Camp No. 10 was named in honor of original Grand Army of the Republic post located in Columbia, South Carolina, the Charles Devens Jr. Post No. 10. Both the Camp and Post honored the services of Major General Charles Devens Jr., United States Volunteers.
Click Here for a Biography of General Charles Devens Jr.
Officers of the Camp
The following is a listing of the Camp Officers for the Year 2013, any questions regarding the camp can be answered by any of the following officers.
The "Palmetto Federal"
The following are copies of the Camp Newsletter, titled the "Palmetto Federal," however, in order for you to do this, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader existing on your computer. Acrobat Reader is freely available for download to your computer from the Adobe Web site.
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Volume III (2010)
Volume IV (2011)
Volume V (2012)
Volume VI (2013)