Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Centennial Camp 100 Denver Colorado


Future meeting dates:

April 8, July 8 and October 14
Meeting start 12:00 PM for fellowship 1:00 PM Formal Meeting

Meetings will be held at:
4111 Future St.
Castle Rock, CO

Prospective members are welcome
Future meetings will be held in person and virtually (Zoom)
and will be announced on this page and on our Calendar page for details

The SUVCW Department Encampment
 will be held June 10, 2023
at the Elks Lodge, 3850 Elks Dr., Westminster, CO.
The meeting will start at 10:00 and conclude at 1:30PM
Zoom participation may be available

In 1881 the GAR formed the Sons of Veterans of the United States of America (SUV) 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, were admitted as Associates. This practice continues today.

Many GAR Posts sponsored Camps of the SUV. In 1925, the SUV name was changed to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), under which its federal charter was issued in 1954. The SUVCW is legally recognized as the heir to, and representative of the GAR.

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.

The SUVCW is one of five Allied Orders of the GAR. The other four Orders are: Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, Woman's Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

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