By Brother Jim Houston
At the invitation of Eagle Scout candidate, Will Scheffter, Camp members attended the Eagle Scout Court of Honor held on Saturday, November 25 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Owensville, OH. The Camp was represented by Jim Crane, Denny Brown, Larry Collins, Jim Houston, Mike Mershon (and wife). At this time Will and Ryan Nickolette were awarded the Eagle Scout rank.
On behalf of the Camp, Jim Houston presented a Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Certificate of Commendation during the ceremony. A Certificate was also provided to Ryan at a later date.
Will’s Eagle Scout project involved constructing a memorial Civil War cannon placed at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery along with a memorial tablet listing Union Civil War veterans buried in the Cemetery. The Lytle Camp assisted Will in documenting listings of the veterans for the tablet and provided partial funding of the project through the SUVCW Memorial Fund and the SUVCW Charitable Foundation. A dedication ceremony was held at the Cemetery on December 4, 2016.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
(From left to right) JVC Tom Reckner, 6th OH Member Tim Pieper, PCC Woody Cook, DSVC Kerry Langdon, and PDC Jim Houston.
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
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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.