Welcome to the Home Page of The Department of Rhode Island, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Department Commander Willaim Vieira

William Vieira,
Department Commander
PO Box 40488,
Providence, RI

Our Mission

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is a volunteer, non-profit, patriotic and educational organization similar to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and is officially recognized as its legal successor. Founded in 1881 by sons of Civil War veterans, the SUVCW today has over 6,000 members.

Our mission is three-fold:

  • Honoring Union Veterans
  • Preserving and Perpetuating the GAR
  • Patriotic Education
Repairing a headstone at Fort Adams Cemetery

Honoring Union Veterans

SUVCW cooperates in doing honor to all who have patriotically served our country in any war. The order participates with other patriotic organizations in the proper observance of our national holidays; especially Memorial Day (May 30), which was established by the GAR in 1868; seeks out and marks the graves of Civil War veterans; observes the care and upkeep of Civil War memorials and brings any failure to do so to the attention of the proper authorities.

Several Brothers of the Department of Rhode Island at Gettysburg Remembrance Day, 2002

Preserving and Perpetuating the GAR

The SUVCW assists in the preservation and making available for research, the documents and records pertaining to the GAR and its members. The order insures that the condition of signage along U.S. Route 6, the GAR Highway, is properly maintained. The SUVCW supplies scholarships, funding to the Lincoln Memorial and Tomb ceremonies, and the Gettysburg Remembrance Day ceremony, and grants for Civil War memorial preservation. Meetings and Encampments are conducted according to the tradition and rituals of the GAR.

Past Department Commander Kennedy assists a child on Memorial Day.

Patriotic Education

The SUVCW's patriotic education includes teaching patriotism and the duties of citizenship, the true history of our country, and the love and honor of our flag. Each year, the order conducts presentations in schools and communities.

The SUVCW encourages the proper teaching of American history in our schools. It keeps the public informed of activities and measures that violate or may weaken the spirit and purposes of our country's Constitution and institutions. It promotes and broadly sustains the American principles of representative government, of equal rights and impartial justice for all.

Department of Rhode Island Camps

Sullivan Ballou Camp No. 3
Commander - David Duggan, PCC
Senior Vice Commander - Secretary/Treasurer - Geoffrey Gardner
Elisha Dyer Camp No. 7
Commander - Gregory H. Payne, PCC
Senior Vice Commander - George A. Perry, Jr., PCC
Junior Vice Commander - Alan B. Osberg
General Elisha Hunt Rhodes Camp No. 11
Commander - Gene Carpenter
Senior Vice Commander - Brian Guiot
Junior Vice Commander - Wayne Derby
Colonel Zenas R. Bliss Camp No. 12
Commander - WIlliam C Vieira
Senior Vice Commander - Michael Lannigan
Junior Vice Commander - Glenn Horton
Commodore Joel Abbot, Camp No. 21
Commander - John Duchesneau
Senior Vice Commander - Palmer Hedley
Junior Vice Commander -

Rhode Island Camp members are instrumental in setting up and taking part in many school programs, actively flag Veterans graves at Memorial Day, setting up a Grave Registration database and hosting Services remembering Rhode Island Civil War Veterans. A listing of GAR Posts in Rhode Island can be seen here. A listing of Rhode Island Laws pertaining to cemeteries and graves can be viewed here. See what some of the Rhode Island Veterans looked like and if you have images of Rhode Island Veterans, please contact us so we can get copies for research and our records!

Use the search below to find your ancestor!
(Courtesy of Commodore Joel Abbot, Camp No. 21)

Rhode Island Department Links
Department Orders Archive Department Officers Membership Information
Department History Department Events Department Links
Department Orders 2006-07
Rhode Island Civil War Monuments and Memorials

Stephen Kettle, Private, Company D, 2nd RI Infantry, ancestor of Brother Leo F. Kennedy

This site created by Leo F. Kennedy
and maintained by Robert Howe, Department Webmaster
Site Last Updated: 26 August 2007

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