The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Kentucky Department, Official Website

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The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Kentucky Department, Official Website

Welcome to the SUVCW's Kentucky Department Website!

Dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and all soldiers from Kentucky who fought to preserve the Union.

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Kentucky Department, mourns the passing of Real Daughter Eva Martin on the afternoon of May 21st, 2009.  By order of Department Commander John Witt, the department website will be draped for an unspecified period of time in her honor.

Eva Martin, 94, of Bethelridge died Thursday, May 21, 2009. Born Aug. 10, 1914, in Joyce, Ky., she was a daughter of the late John G. and Quintilla Carman Watson. She was the oldest member of Valley Oak Baptist Church and the widow of Ralph Martin. Survivors include a son, Robert Joe Martin of Danville; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Geneva Wall. She was preceded in death by a son, John G. "Sonny" Martin, and a daughter, Nancy Holt. Services will be noon Monday (May 25th) at Valley Oak Baptist Church. Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Sunday at Bartle Funeral Home in Liberty and after 11 a.m. Monday (May 25th) at the church.

SERIES 2008– 2009
17 May 2009


    1. As Camps and Departments make plans to honor our Civil War ancestors this Memorial Day weekend, let us also reflect on the freedom we continue to enjoy by those military veterans that have gone after them. Our freedom is not free. It has been earned by thousands of Americans who have sacrificed their blood and lives for this great country.
    2. On battlefields, at Yorktown, The Alamo, Gettysburg, and San Juan Hill, those who came before us gave their all to ensure our freedom.
    3. In our time, the same sacrifice was made by those of “the Greatest Generation” at places like Normandy and Iwo Jima, and by those who followed at Pork Chop Hill, Vietnam, and those currently fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    4. As much as we wish it weren’t true, threats to our freedom will never go away. Our freedom and way of life will always be challenged. Each generation of Americans, since its birth, has had to face the battle of defending this country’s freedom. Our freedom was earned through a terrible price; a price that Americans have always been willing to pay. We all can be proud that each generation answered the call to defend our freedom.
    5. “Thanksgiving is a day we pause to give thanks for the things we have; Memorial Day is the day we pause to give thanks to the people who fought for the things we have.”

Ordered this 17th Day of May, 2009.

David V. Medert
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War



Donald Palmer
Secretary, National Order,
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War



Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Department of Kentucky

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Department of Kentucky

John A. Witt, Commander
4511 South 6th Street
Louisville, KY 40214

Senior Vice Commander:
John Burch, PCC
200 Norwood Drive,
Richmond, KY 40475

Junior Vice Commander:
Dan Colon

PDC Keith G. Karcher
2411 Spring Dr.
New Albany, IN, 47150

Department Council: Tim Downey PDC, Jim Kiger, PDC, and Micah Trent

Patriotic Instructor: John Burch, PCC

Chaplain: Dan Colon

Eagle Scout Coodinator: John Burch, PCC

Memorials Officer: Tim Downey, PDC

Department Graves Officer
Steve Clifford, PDC
15306 Madison Pike
Morningview, KY, 41053

Department Historian:
Donald L. Hackel
623 E. Ormsby
Louisville, KY 40203

Department Signals Officer:
Robert Baker
122 Balsinger Street
London, KY 40741

Other Key Members:

Douglas B. Windle
226 Savannah Drive
Nicholasville, KY 40356-2072

John A. Mills, III
217 Lowry Ln.
Lexington, KY, 40503

Larry Adams,
120 Delaney Ferry Rd.,
Versailles, KY, 40383
(859) 873-3051

Camps, Camp Commanders, and Secretaries

Fort Duffield Camp 1, West Point, KY
Michael Trent, Commander

PDC Keith G. Karcher, PDC, Secretary/Treasurer
2411 Spring Dr.
New Albany, IN, 47150

Nelson-Garfield Memorial Camp 3, Florence, KY
Bernie O'Bryan, Commander
253 Tando Way
Covington, KY 41017
606 581-8608

Steve Clifford, PDC, Secretary/Treasurer
15306 Madison Pike
Morningview, KY, 41053

SGT Elijah P. Marrs Camp 5, Nicholasville, KY

John A. Mills III, PDC, Secretary/Treasurer
217 Lowry Lane
Lexington, KY, 40503-2614

MAJ James H. Bridgewater Camp 7, Lincoln Co., KY
Timothy Downey, PDC, Commander
174 Berry Lane
Hustonville, KY 40437
606 346-3789

Tim Carman Secretary/Treasurer
174 Dallas Drive
Hustonville, KY 40437
606 346-9485

Kentucky Civil War Resources for Teachers

Kentucky Civil War Resources for Teachers

The Sons of Veterans Reserve

The Sons of Veterans Reserve, First Regiment of Capital Guards, Company A

The Sons of Veterans Reserve, Bridgewater Scouts

The Grand Army of the Republic in Kentucky

Past Department Commander John Mills is attempting to compile an extensive reference work on the Grand Army of the Republic and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in Kentucky. If you have any materials which would help him make his history of these orders more complete, please contact him at:

John A. Mills III, PDC, Secretary
217 Lowry Lane
Lexington, KY 40503-2614
606 276-1970

The Civil War in Kentucky: A Collection of Essays and Articles

Kentucky Department, SUVCW, members have donated a number of items of historical interest. If you'd like to add anything, please contact Robert M. Baker, Kentucky Department, SUVCW, Signals Officer.

Historical Essays and Articles

Civil War Veterans Burial Project

KYSUVCW Civil War Veterans Burial Project - Coordinated by Brother Steve Clifford

Kentucky Union Civil War Veteran Research

The Department of Kentucky is participating in the national effort to identify the last Civil War veterans in each county of the state. Click on the link below to find out more about this project.

The Department of Kentucky's Last Civil War Veteran Project

Kentucky Department, SUVCW, Historian Don Hackel offers his services to aid any descendants seeking information on their Kentucky or Indiana Civil War Union ancestors. He can be contacted at:

Donald L. Hackel, Historian
Department of Kentucky, SUVCW,
623 East Ormsby
Louisville, KY 40203

Kentucky SUVCW Camp Websites
Links Page, including regimental histories, re-enactment organizations, research archives, etc.

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