Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Department of Ohio


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.

(The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is a 501(c)(4) organization and is approved by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as an organization to which tax deductible gifts can be made pursuant to Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.)

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Our mission:
  • Honoring Union Veterans
  • Preserving and Perpetuating the GAR
  • Patriotic Education
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    Honoring Union Veterans
    The 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; discovers and marks the graves of Civil War veterans; oversees the care and upkeep of Civil War memorials and brings any failure to do so to the attention of the proper responsible parties.
     Graves Registration Project for Civil War Veterans in Ohio


    Preserving and Perpetuating the GAR
    The SUVCW assists in the preservation and providing availability for research, the documents and records pertaining to the Grand Army of the Republic and its members.  Meetings and Encampments are conducted according to the tradition and rituals of the GAR.
    - Department Orders


    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. The SUVCW assists the proper teaching of American history in our schools.

    Patriotic Instructions Page


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