Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

We added another groups association with our ETT Learning Center, it is the Chaplain Philos G Cook Camp 223 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

The Chaplain PG Cook camp 223, is the oldest SUVCW camp in Buffalo – originally established in 1900, and only 1 of 2 SUVCW camps in the Buffalo area.

The Chaplain PG Cook camp is looking to expand there membership to include members from the Southtown areas to increase their membership and activeness in the WNY area.

Do you have a Civil War ancestor who served in the Union Army, Navy or Marine Corps.?

Come Join the Chaplain PG Cook Camp 223. They are currently meeting Bi-monthly starting In December  2015 at the at the Buffalo History Museum.

  • Approx future meeting Dates are: February, April, June, August, October, December – 2016

The SUVCW, are the direct heirs of the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic). If interested in joining the SUVCW, please contact me for more information or visit our national HQ site for an online application.

I would like to see our numbers grow, especially in our Southtown’s community, and possibly hold future camp meetings at our ETT facility.

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Let us help……Send us you your ancestors name, unit, state or any other useful information to help track down your Civil War ancestor…

Come Join the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War…….

Come join our Chaplain PG Cook Camp 223

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Echoes Through Time

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Echoes Through Time shared Andersonville National Historic Site's post.

A Glimpse into Andersonville’s Archives

Chartered in 1883, the Women’s Relief Corps (WRC) served as an auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic. In 1896 they obtained the land that was once the location of the infamous Andersonville Prison, and right away started making improvements to the run-down condition that they received it in.

One of their first projects was constructing a cottage on site for families visiting Andersonville National Cemetery to use. This nine room, brick cottage sat on a piece of newly acquired land that the WRC purchased as an expansion to their preservation effort. Their ultimate goal: to memorialize the prison site. Efforts to create a memorial to the Civil War prisoners who suffered and died in the prison included a memorial rose garden, memorial orchard of pecan trees, and a road surrounding the historic prison site for visitors to use to explore.

By 1910, the grounds became almost too expensive for the WRC to maintain. It was then that the U.S. Government agreed to a land transfer. A WRC monument was erected at Andersonville in 1911 to honor the efforts of the women managing the site, followed by a monument to one of their founding members, Lizabeth Turner. While the government owned the land, however, the WRC still managed some aspects of it until the 1950s.

The WRC medal handed out to its members was in the shape of a Maltese cross. Some with red, white, and blue ribbons, others (like the one pictured) have the red, white, and blue stripes incorporated into the medal. “F.L.C” is engraved in each one to remind members of the Corps’ founding motto: Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty.

This metal, along with other items in our collections, will be on display in the National Prisoner of War Museum later this year. (JH)(NPS Photo)