Department Orders

August 25, 2015

Department of Tennessee General Order #2
It is with deep regret that I must inform you that Frank B. Harned of Holiday, Florida and our Past Department Commander died August 25, 2015. Brother Harned was the first generation of the Department of Tennessee and served as the fifth Department Commander. Brother Harned organized Missionary Ridge #63 and sponsored Pvt. Richard Taylor #53 and Fort Sanders. Brother Harned was a master recruiter as he signed up almost two hundred brothers during his active career. Frank formed three Sons of Veterans Reserve units which in turn activated the Seventh Military District. Brother Harned then served as the District’s first Commander with the rank of Major, until his stoke.

All Charters are to be draped in black and Brothers are respectfully directed to attach a black morning ribbon to their membership badge for a period of thirty (30) days.

Yours in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty
Michael Downs
Department Commander

12 February 2010

On behalf of the Brothers of the Department of Tennessee/Alabama, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, I would like to express the profound condolences of our Order to the family of Mary Elizabeth Anderson Prather. She was the daughter of Thomas Marshal Anderson, Pvt., Battery D, 1st Tennessee Light Artillery.

Mrs. Prather was a member of Linda Heatherly Tent # 3, DUVCW, Knoxville, TN. She had the pleasure of witnessing the “enlistment” of her great-great nephew, Nicholas L. Knight, as a junior member into the SUVCW on July 1.

We mourn the loss of yet one more of those few remaining threads to those who fought to preserve the Union, 1861 to 1865.

It is ordered that all Camp and Department charters be draped with black for a period from 12 February 2010 to 12 March 2010 in Memory and Honor of Real Daughter Mary Elizabeth Anderson Prather

May she long serve as a reminder of the respect due to the children of veterans who have served their country in times of peril. “God doth not need Either man’s work or his own gifts … They also serve who only stand and waite.” John Milton (1608-1674), “On His Blindness”

In Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty,

Sam C. Gant, Department Commander
SUVCW Department of Tennessee/Alabama

Sister Prather’s Memorial may be viewed at:

September 08
Fort Donelson NB News Release

Tennessee Wars Commission Receives $1,000,000 Grant for the Preservation of Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Dover, Tennessee—Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen joined state and local leaders on August 20, 2008 to announce a transportation enhancement grant in the amount of $1,000,000 for the preservation of the Fort Donelson National Battlefield. The grant is made possible through a federally funded program administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. It was awarded to the Tennessee Wars Commission, a division of the Tennessee Historical Commission, who will oversee the project.

Similar grants have been obtained from non-profit preservation associations such as the Civil War Preservation Trust of Washington, DC, and the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association. To date, the Tennessee Wars Commission and its partners have preserved over 3,000 acres of endangered Civil War battlefield property in Tennessee.

In 1993, the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission listed the Battle of Fort Donelson as one of the principal battles of the Civil War. The commission identified Fort Donelson as a Priority, Class A battlefield with a critical need for nationwide action to preserve and protect this battlefield because it had fair integrity, was subject to a high level of threats, and possessed less than 20 percent of the core area battlefield as identified by the American Battlefield Protection Program.

Nevertheless, the current acreage within the boundaries of the national battlefield comprises only 50% of the principal fighting ground associated with the battle. The Civil War Preservation Trust has purchased several parcels totally over 250 acres in the vicinity where the highest numbers of casualties fell. National Park Service Superintendent Steven McCoy stated, “The area just outside of the park boundary saw the heaviest infantry fighting of the battle (70%) of the Union casualties occurred there, and, although Confederate casualty records are not as good, we can assume an equal or higher number fell in this same area. Visiting Fort Donelson National Battlefield and not being able to see this area of the 1862 battlefield is like visiting Gettysburg and not seeing the area of Pickett’s Charge.”

Acquisition of additional significant battlefield property would protect and preserve important parts of the battlefield and would improve the visitor’s understanding and appreciation of Fort Donelson.

For additional information or questions, contact Superintendent Steven McCoy at 931-232-5706 x 105.

August 08
Brothers of the Department of Tennessee, SUVCW.
We have been given a golden opportunity to increase our membership in this great order and the Department needs your help. A recruitment table has been reserved at the upcoming Battle Reenactment of Chickamauga in September and we need volunteers to help man it in conjunction with the members of the Department of Georgia and South Carolina. If you are interested in providing your time for the benefit of the Department I encourage you to contact myself or your camp commander who will provide me with a list of names. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The Department of Georgia & South Carolina is expecting a large turnout in support of this drive so, let’s show them what we are capable of.

In F, C & L
Kenneth Early
Department of TN & AL,

Link to original file

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Office of the Department Commander
Department of Tennessee
Kenneth V. Early, PCC
109 Hidden Circle
Rainbow City, Alabama 35906

General Order #1
Series 2008-2009
26 March, 2008


1. Whereas Ulysses S. Grant, also known as Hiram Ulysses Grant was born on the 27th of April, 1822 in Point Pleasant, Clermont County, Ohio

2. Whereas Ulysses S. Grant was the overall Commanding General of Union Forces during the Civil War and was one of the main factors of Victory in keeping this country not only free but intact.

3. Whereas General Grant was the duly elected President of the United States from 1869-1877 and served faithfully this country for many years

4. I hereby decree that the month of April, 2008 in the Department of Tennessee is to be recognized and known as the month of General Grant and all camps within the Department are encouraged to remember and celebrate the life and accomplishments of this great American leader.

So ordered this 26th day of March, 2008;

Kenneth V. Early
Commander, Department of Tennessee
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Office of the Department Commander
Department of Tennessee
Kenneth V. Early, PCC
109 Hidden Circle
Rainbow City, Alabama 35906

Special Order #1
Series 2008-2009
29 March, 2008

By the Authority vested in me as Commander of the Department of Tennessee, by the Department Bylaws, the National Constitution & Regulations and National Policies, it is hereby ordered as follows:

1. On March 28, 2008, Sister Beverly Massey, National Commander of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, passed away in Indiana shortly before 8pm. Her passing will leave a void in all allied orders of the GAR and SUVCW and she will be missed by all who knew her.

2. The Department and all Camps are encouraged to show their support for, and to extend their sympathies to, the family during this time of hardship. Each camp within the Department may also send a condolence card from their membership for the purpose of Remembrance and to show that all Allied Orders share in this time of grief.

3. The Department of Tennessee extends its sincere Condolences to the Family of Sister Massey and to the sisters of her Tent.

So ordered this 29th day of March, 2008;

Kenneth V. Early
Commander, Department of Tennessee
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War