General Henry B. Banning Camp #207

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Mt. Vernon, Ohio

Commander: John M. Sheck
Sr. Vice Commander:
Patrick Skeese
Jr. Vice Commander: ---
Fred Main
Treasurer: Terry Piatt

     This camp was founded in 1903 by sons of veterans of the local GAR, Joseph Hooker Camp in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
The Camp is named after General Henry B. Banning, native son of Mount Vernon, who served as the first company commander
 of Company B, 4th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

We meet at GAR Room Memorial Bldg, located on 112 E. High Street, Mt. Vernon, Ohio on the third Tuesday of 
each month at 7:00 PM.

Our membership is extended to direct or collateral descendants of Union Civil War Veterans. Associate membership is available
for those who are not direct or collateral descendants, but with an interest in Civil War history and preservation.

Our Brothers are active in grave registration of Union soldiers burial sites throughout central Ohio. We also maintain the GAR
monument in Moundview Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Ohio and order and place GAR markers on Civil War soldiers graves.

We celebrate Memorial Day with a Civil War honor guard in the Mount Vernon city parade, followed by a Sons of Union Veterans 
ritual ceremonial service at Moundview Cemetery, where soldiers from 46 different regiments are laid to rest.

Some of our educational involvement included programs at:

          Central Ohio Christian Home School Association

          The Mount Vernon High School
          Knox County Genealogy Society

          The Lucy Knox Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution

We have been co-sponsers for historical markers for famous Civil War era persons: Mary Ann Ball Bickerdyke (Mother Bickerdyke, a
Civil War nurse that was born in Knox County, Ohio) and Clement L. Vallandingham. (US Congressman and leader of the Copperhead
movement, who delivered a speech here in 1863, that caused a Constitutional crisis over the right to freedom of speech).

For further information please contact:

Commander John M. Sheck


Secretary Fred Main

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