Governor William Dennison Camp#1
Department of Ohio
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
On September 28,1878 the Sons of Veterans had been finally organized. In August 1880 while attending the Ohio GAR Reunion at the state fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio veterans discussed the need to organize a Sons of Veterans camp in Columbus. Since the national organization was founded in 1881, it was now time to start a Columbus, Ohio camp.
August 1,1882 Governor William Dennison Camp #1 was chartered in Columbus. The camp was organized and incorporated by E. H. Gilkey, L. M. Boda, G. M. Grant, A. Z. Boda, W. C. Wykoff, and William Neil.
At the 1883 Ohio GAR Reunion, the Governor William Dennison Camp #1 was presented at the fairgrounds under the command of General John G. Mitchell. In 1895 the camp held its meetings at Druid Hall, 111 1/2 S. High Street every Tuesday evening, with Clark S. White as its Captain. Dennison Camp #1 is the oldest camp in Ohio, and is the descendant camp of J. C. McCoy Post #1 GAR. The camp is named for Governor William Dennison. The current purpose of the camp was, as it is today, to promote the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Sons of Union Veterans membership badge