This is the official web portal of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Department of Tennessee.  The Department of Tennessee includes the states of Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of heroes who fought and worked to save the Union. Organized in 1881 and chartered by Congress in 1954, we are the legal successor to the Grand Army of the Republic

The Department is organized by “Camps” that are located throughout our geographic region.  There are currently 7 Camps within the region.  Additionally, there is one unit of the Sons of Veterans Reserve (10th Tennessee U.S. Volunteer Infantry) which is part of the 7th Military District.

Use the links at the top of the page to learn more about us, or follow us on Facebook!  Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in joining or anything else you want to know!


The next Department Tennessee Department Encampment will be held in 20 February 2016 in Memphis, TN and is hosted by the Sultana Camp #1

Tennessee Genealogical Society
7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tennessee

Departmental Business Meetings will be held from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.
Encampment Registration Form (including Lunch cost) upcoming!

Encampment Lodging:
Courtyard Marriot in Collierville
4640 Merchants Park Circle. Collierville, Tennessee
$109.00/night [Group Code: SUVS or Sons of Union Veterans]
with an arrival on Feb 19 and departure on the 21st
Deadline 22 Jan 16
(additional needs? contact  Rebeccah Howard at the Courtyard Marriot at (901) 850-9390 or (901) 316-1305)

Department Commander’s Summary
On the Richmond, Virginia SUVCW National Encampment
August 26, 2015

I decided to take some time and transcribe some of my notes relating to the events at the National Encampment in Richmond, Virginia. Sam Gant, from the Fort Donelson Camp, and I left early Wednesday, August 19th on a very rainy morning in East Tennessee. We arrived at the Omni Hotel in the late afternoon, checked into our room and went looking for a place to eat, in the rain. Thursday, while Sam took in both battlefield tours, Stephen Wallace and myself struck out to find the Confederate White House and the Museum of the Confederacy and enjoyed the tour at both sites. We returned to the hotel to find many of our friends arriving, including David, Cindy and Rachel McReynolds, Charlie Engle and his wife, Doug Fidler, Darwin Concon and Carl Addison. After a late night flight from Denver, Brother Geoffrey Hintze was in time for the opening of the Friday session. Overall, we had nine delegate votes which I considered excellent especially in that we had representatives from all of the states within the department: Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.
Friday, as is typical for almost all of the encampments, was rather tedious, listening to the numerous reports and voting, up or down, for the committee recommendations. However, good things began to happen in the afternoon session when National Commander Tad Campbell awarded the U. S. Grant Cup for the greatest percentage increase in membership, that of 23%, to OUR department. Friday evening the traditional “Camp Fire” was held for the departing National Commander-in-Chief of the SUVCW along with the President of the Auxiliary, Rachelle Campbell. Three members of the Department presented them with some very good reading covering Tennessee in the Civil War.
Saturday began with the completion of some left over business matters and then two more great awards. The National Commander presented to Camp Commander David McReynolds, from the William A. McTeer Camp #39, the Horace Greeley Award for the best camp web site and just a few minutes later David made a return trip to the front of the room to pick up (and it is very heavy) the Abraham Lincoln Commander-in-Chief’s Award for overall BEST CAMP. A great day for Brother McReynolds and all of the members of the McTeer Camp. Also in the Saturday pm meeting Doug Fidler, after a great deal of hard work and many efforts, was given permission by the encampment to begin forming new camps in the United Kingdom.
Oh yes, our new National Commander for the 2015 – 2016 year will be Brother Eugene Mortoff from the Department of the Chesapeake, the Senior Vice will be Donald Martin and the new Junior Vice Commander will be Mark Day. Also appointed, by the new National Commander, to be assistant National Treasurer was Brother David McReynolds.

The next Tennessee Department Encampment will be held on February 20th, 2016 in Memphis, TN and is hosted by the Sultana Camp #1

Yours in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty
Michael Downs