The First Meeting

“The First Meeting”

By Dan Nance - Image courtesy of Dan Nance & Patriot Art Inc.

Bennett Farm near Durham Station, North Carolina, April 17, 1865.

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 Veterans Day 


Honoring All Our Union Brothers

Without the veterans of the Civil War - who fought on either side for what they believed in - the strong, united America we know today might never have been possible.

Department of North Carolina Encampment 2020

2020 Encampment
Department of North Carolina
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

The Department Encampment was originally scheduled for April 25, 2020 and was to be hosted by the Major General John A. Logan Camp No. 4 at McMannen Methodist Church in Durham. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and restrictions ordered by the Governor of North Carolina, the Encampment was postponed. 

After a meeting on Zoom by all our Department Officers, it was agreed that an Electronic Encampment would be held on Zoom on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 10 a.m. with registration and logging into the system beginning at 9 a.m. Junior Vice Commander Henry Duquette, PCC agreed to host the Encampment on Zoom, and he and Signals Officer Jim Johnson conducted training sessions on Zoom for Department members planning to attend the Encampment, so they would be able to participate using Zoom.

On May 16, Senior Vice Commander, Ed Gibson, PCC presided over the Encampment, since the Department Commander wasn’t available. The Encampment was opened using the format from our Ritual and Ceremonials book. After a roll call of Department Officers, there was a recognition of and presentations by National guests who were present and included Commander-in-Chief Ed Norris, Past Commander-in-Chief Mark Day and from the National Council of Administration, Bruce Frail, PDC. 

Mark Day, Past Commander in Chief
Ed Norris, Commander in Chief
 Reports of Department Officers were presented as well as from the Department Council. Department Council Member Fred Fulcher, PCC displayed the Department Encampment ribbon he purchased at his own expense and advised how they’d be distributed to each of the members participating in the Encampment. Under New Business, Senior Vice Commander Ed Gibson, PCC advised that the Major General Thomas H. Ruger Camp No. 1 will host the 14th Annual Encampment of the Department of North Carolina on the first Saturday of May in 2021. 

Nominations for Department Officers

Commander - Robert Crum

Commander - Robert Crum, PCC
Senior Vice Commander - Ed Gibson, PCC
Junior Vice Commander - Henry Duquette, PCC
Secretary/Treasurer - Travis Masters, PCC
Department Council Member #1 – Dennis St. Andrew, PDC
Department Council Member #2 – Fred Fulcher, PCC
Department Council Member #3 – Jim Johnson

Nominations were closed, and these members were elected as the new Department Officers. 

Commander-in-Chief Ed Norris requested the list of Appointments from Commander Elect Robert Crum. Secretary Masters, PCC read the Department Appointees.

Department Appointees 

Patriotic Instructor – Ed Gibson, PCC
Chaplain – Rolf Maris, PCC
Counselor – Dennis St. Andrew, PDC
Graves Registration Officer – Henry Duquette, PCC
Guard – Pete Bahuk, G.A.R. 
Records Officer – Robert Crum, PCC, 
Eagle Scout Certificate Coordinator – Travis Masters, PCC Assistant Department Secretary/Treasurer – Bill Ewalt Signals Officer – Jim Johnson

Commander-in-Chief Ed Norris installed the new Department Officers. There was an approval of the minutes from the 2019 Department Encampment. The closing ceremony was conducted using the Closing for Department Encampment found in our Rituals and Ceremonials book. 

Submitted by: 
Department Commander Robert Crum

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Memorial Day Activities

 Salisbury National Cemetery
Salisbury, North Carolina
Memorial Day Service conducted jointly by our Brothers from
 Stoneman Camp and Gibbon-Burke Camp.
Left to Right: Brothers Rick Thomas, Henry Duquette, Bill Ewalt, Gary Simon, Robert Crum and Craig Hipkins. 

New Bern National Cemetery
New Bern, North Carolina
NC Union Volunteers Camp #5
Left to RIght: Fred Fulcher. Bryan Salter. Rolf Maris

Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site
Johnston County, North Carolina.
Ruger Camp #1
Brother John France

Raleigh National Cemetery
Raleigh, North Carolina 
Cary Veterans Freedom Park 
Cary North Carolina
Ruger Camp #1
Brother Dennis St. Andrew, PDC

Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day Activities

SUVCW Stoneman Camp No. 6, with Gibbons-Burke Camp No. 2, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States

On a rainy Memorial Day morning on 25 May 2020, seven of us traveled to Salisbury National Cemetery to remember and honor over 5,000 Union soldiers buried in 18 trenches after dying at the Salisbury Confederate Prison during the Civil War. We represented the three organizations of SUVCW Stoneman Camp No. 6 and Gibbons-Burke Camp No. 2, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. In order to protect one another and the public, we wore masks and maintained a distance of six feet from one another. Therefore, not everyone would fit in this photo. Remembering the Boys in Blue in this photo are from left to right Brother Bill Ewalt, Department JVC Henry Duquette, PCC, Sister Lori Bahuk, Camp Commander Pete Bahuk, and Camp SVC Richard Thomas, PCC. Present but not in the photo are Brother Gary Simon and Department Commander Robert Crum, PCC.

Major General Thomas H. Ruger Camp #1

The Camp was certainly busy today. Like other Brothers, Brother Doug Elwell visited a veteran’s and placed a flag at it. He then played TAPS over the soldiers grave.

My wife Denise, ASUVCW and I visited Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh for Memorial Day weekend 2020.  We actually visited the Confederate Gettysburg section because there are two Union soldiers buried in that section of the cemetery; PVT John O. Dolson, Co A, 2 US SS and PVT Jacob Pfeiffer Co E, 40th NY Infantry.

Both soldiers died from wounds after the battle and were initially buried near a Gettysburg hospital. Years later they were mistakenly identified as Confederates and moved down to Raleigh, by a local Raleigh women’s organization. Many years later, researchers discovered the error, their descendants did not want them moved up north so they remain where they were buried. Union headstones with their correct names and identification were installed. My wife and I placed flags and flowers on both Privates Dolson & Private Pfeiffer graves.

Submitted by Brother Dennis St. Andrew, PDC.

Secretary/Treasurer Brother John France celebrated Memorial Day by going to Bentonville Battleground to place flags at the Monument dedicated to the Union Troops who fought here. The Monument was placed several years ago with the efforts of the Department of North Carolina, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

In accordance with its instructions from the National Organization, Camp Commander Ed Gibson went to Wilmington National Cemetery and honored Sergeant Major Isaac Whitmer, 147 PA volunteers, who was killed by friendly fire during the occupation of Fayetteville in March 1865. Whitmer was buried in Fayetteville originally but later re-interred in Wilmington. He was the Sergeant Major of Commander Gibson’s great-grandfather’s regiment.

Brother Jim Johnson and DUVCW Sister Carol Jutte visited the John N. Smith Cemetery in Southport. They paid their respects to two Union Veterans of the Civil War, Abram Blount, and Abraham Galloway. Private Blount a 20-year old former enslaved man from Hyde County, North Carolina enlisted in the 37th Regiment United States Colored Troops (USCT) on December 10, 1863. In the final stages of the war, 18-year old Galloway, born a slave in Smithville (now Southport) North Carolina, enlisted in the same Regiment.


Brian C. Pierson Commander in Chief

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

PO Box 3394

Shawnee, OK 74802


General Order #9

Series 2020-2021

2 January 2021


Passing of Union Soldier Widow Helen Jackson


It is my sad duty to report the death of Helen Viola Jackson, the last documented widow of a Civil War soldier, on 16 December 2020, at the age of 101 years. She had been a resident of Webco Manor Nursing Home in Marshfield, Missouri for many years.

 Helen Jackson married Private James Bolin, Company F, 14th Missouri Cavalry, on 4 September 1936. He was 93 years old; she was 17. Her father had volunteered her to stop by his house each day and assist him with chores as she headed home from school. Bolin did not believe in accepting charity and, after a period of time, asked Helen for her hand in marriage in order to provide for her future by leaving her his Union pension. She accepted and Bolin recorded the wedding in his personal Bible. Bolin died in June 1939 and Helen never remarried; she never applied for the pension.

 The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War’s social media platforms, and the Charters of all Departments and Camps will be draped in black. All Brothers will attach a black mourning ribbon to their membership badges in remembrance of her.


This order shall remain in effect for 30 days from this date. Ordered this 2nd day of January, 2021

Brian C. Pierson Commander-in-Chief

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War



Jonathan C. Davis Jonathan C. Davis National Secretary

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War