Local Camp of Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Returns to Memorial Hall

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Top L to R: Jim Houston, Kerry Langdon, David Stockdale, William West, Larry Collins, Woody Cook, Robert Kidd. Middle L to R: Michael Mershon; Thomas Reckner, Peter Sturdevant, Phillip Kidd, Richard Davis Bottom L to R: Ralph Kidd, Todd Mayer, James Crane, Denny Brown

On Saturday, November 11th, Veterans Day, Lytle Camp 10, Department of Ohio, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, became the first fraternal Civil War organization to hold an official ceremony in over 60 years at the Historic Hamilton County Memorial Hall in downtown Cincinnati. Over 30 members and guests attended the Camp installation of the 2018 Officers, as Commander Larry Collins relinquished command of the Camp to Commander Colonel (R) Todd Mayer. Commander Mayer was sworn in to his post using a bible that has been in passed down through the generations since 1880s. Awards were given out to Camp members for their contributions to the Camp throughout the 2017 campaign. Additionally Commander Collins and National Auxiliary leader Wanda Langdon received gifts of appreciation for all of their contributions to the Camp. Commander Collins last act as Commander, was to recognize the contributions of Camp co-founder Jim “Tex” Houston. Brother Houston was awarded a life time achievement plaque for all he has done for the Camp over the years. The plaque has an image of General Lytle, and an image of our membership badge.

After the ceremony, and the meeting was closed, members went upstairs to listen to the Guest speaker, our very own Brother Richard Davis. He delivered an outstanding talk on the GAR, GAR history in Cincinnati and Memorial Hall. This was followed by Brothers Woody Cook and Todd Mayer displaying their military memorabilia, and engaging the public about veterans.

Memorial Hall  is located at Elm & Grant Streets, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The building is next to Cincinnati’s Music Hall and across from Washington Park in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. It was built by the Grand Army of the Republic and Hamilton County in 1908, as a memorial to the military of the city and county. The building was built in the Beaux-Arts style.

Constructed according to a design by Samuel Hannaford and Sons, the Memorial Building was intended to commemorate members of all branches of the U.S. armed services. The hall contains a 556-seat theater that was designed for speaking, but is also used as a venue for concerts, film screenings and theatrical events.

In late 1978, the Memorial Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, qualifying for inclusion both because of its architecture and because of its place in the area’s history. Its location on Washington Park places it in the historic district that embraces most of Over-the-Rhine, which was added to the Register five years after the Memorial Building was individually added.

After its construction in 1908, the Hall was used for Grand Army of the Republic Post meetings, including the WH Lytle Post 47. Additionally veterans reunions were held here, including the  9th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and 4th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry to name a few.

Camp members were thrilled with the event on Saturday, and humbled to be part of an historical event.

 

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General William H. Lytle Memorial Service

The General William Haines Lytle, Camp No. 10, Department of Ohio, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War held a memorial program on September 24, 2017 at his graveside in Spring Grove Cemetery. This memorial program has been held annually since the year 2000 on the Sunday closest to the date of General Lytle’s death at the Battle of Chickamauga, except for the year 2013 when the Lytle monument on the Chickamauga battlefield was rededicated by the General Lyle Camp, on September 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM, exactly 150 years to the day and the hour of General Lytle’s death.

General William Haines Lytle was a prodigy, a poet, a politician and a patriot. He is remembered by most of us as a military man – which is just as it should be. But we should remember, too, that he was also a man keenly interested in the law, in politics, and, perhaps surprisingly, in poetry. He was sometimes referred to as “the soldier-poet,” and is best known for his poem “Anthony and Cleopatra.”

Larry Collins
Camp Commander

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Pictured are (left to right): Brothers David Stockdale, Kerry Langdon, Michael Mershon, Rob Kidd, Jim Crane, Larry Collins Peter Sturdevant, Sister Wanda Langdon, Brothers Jim Houston, Richard Davis, Harry Schmidt and (kneeling) Brother Philip Kidd.

Patriot Fair in Mason, Ohio

On Saturday September 23rd 2017, the The General William Haines Lytle, Camp No. 10, Department of Ohio, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War participated in Patriot Day in Mason, OH. We had a number of people stop by our table. Our table was staffed by Brothers Larry Collins, Woody Cook, Jim Crane, Richard Davis, Jim Houston, Ralph Kidd, Rob Kidd,  Kerry Langdon, Michael Mershon. The group presented many authentic artifacts from the Civil War.

Pictured above left to right: Rob Kidd, Kerry Langdon, Ralph Kidd, Richard Davis, and Woody Cook.

September 12, 2017 Camp Meeting Highlights

On September 12, 18 members of the Gen. Wm. H. Lytle, Camp #10 met at Scarlet Oaks. The patriotic instruction that was provided by Brother Kerry Langdon was well received. The topics included for this month’s patriotic instruction included Constitution Day, Patriot Day, and National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

We also welcomed a new member to the Camp this evening, Michael Bruno.

Michael, congratulations and welcome to the Camp!!

Photos by Todd Mayer

Upcoming Events in September

  • 23rd – Saturday Patriot Fair Mason Municipal Center, Mason Ohio
  • 24th – Sunday 2pm Gen. Wm. H. Lytle Memorial Ceremony Spring Grove Cemetery

We hope to see you at the next Camp Meeting on October 10th, 7pm at Scarlet Oaks

RoeblingFest 2017

The annual RoeblingFest took place on Sat. Jun 17 at Covington, KY.  The Camp had a table with recruiting material and was there to answer questions about the Sons, the Civil War, and Civil War ancestry.

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(From left to right) JVC Tom Reckner, 6th OH Member Tim Pieper, PCC Woody Cook, DSVC Kerry Langdon, and PDC Jim Houston.

2017 Memorial Day: Let Us Never Forget

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017, The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), the 6TH Ohio Volunteer Infantry and the Sister Anthony O’Connell Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (ASUVCW), presented their annual Memorial Day commemoration service in the Civil War section at the beautiful, historic Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. This year’s special guest speaker was Colonel Benjamin Bigelow, Deputy Division Commander, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.

As people across the country enjoyed picnics, visited beaches and spent time with family, the SUVCW, 6th OVI, and ASUVCW enjoyed the opportunity to remind Americans that there is a far more significant meaning to Memorial Day that should not be forgotten. Memorial Day is a time to publicly show our respect for those who have lost their lives in defense of our country and to keep alive the memory of their sacrifices. Each year on Memorial Day weekend, Spring Grove Cemetery pays tribute to all interred veterans with 5 days of activities. Our program drew well over 300 people along with TV coverage.

Come join us next year on Memorial Day!

-Dennis M. Brown, Past Camp Commander

Find us on the web at www.suvcw.org, www.asuvcw.org and http://6ovi.homestead.com/

 

Lincoln Tomb Ceremony 2017

Each year on April 15th, the SUVCW and MOLLUS sponsor a commemoration of the death of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln at his tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield IL.

All 5 of the Allied Orders place wreaths as well as many Departments, camps and auxiliaries.

It was my privilege to escort my wife who is the National Chaplain of the ASUVCW to this year’s event. The weather was warm and sunny and the turnout was excellent. Commander in Chief of the SUVCW, Don Martin and Commander in Chief of MOLLUS, James Simmons. both gave short addresses. The 33rd IL Volunteer Regiment Band played several selections. The Rockford Zoaves served as the Color Guard.

Touring the Tomb is something every American should take the time to do. It is a moving experience to stand inside the tomb staring at the sarcophagus and knowing that you are standing near the remains of the most loved President ever – the one who guided the country through a wrenching civil war but held the country together and freed the slaves.

Oak Ridge cemetery is beautiful and has many notables and beautiful monuments in addition to the Lincoln Tomb so put next April 15th on your schedule. You’ll be glad you did.

Brother Kerry Langdon

2017 U.S. Grant Birthday Celebration

The annual U.S. Grant Birthday Celebration took place on Sat. April 29 at Pt. Pleasant, OH.  The Camp has a table with recruiting material and is always there to answer questions about the Sons, the Civil War, and Civil War ancestry.  The event started 10am and once the weather cleared up it was a beautiful afternoon.

U. S. Grant’s birth place is located on US 52 east of New Richmond. It is a basic one room house, as seen below. It is a neat place to visit. If you have never been there, it is something that you must do. Richard Davis, Jim Houston, Kerry Landon, Bill West and Woody Cook were all there to answer any questions. Woody had part of his Civil War collection out and available for viewing.