The prelude to the Civil War began in Kansas…


Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War are direct descendants of the soldiers who fought to preserve the Union during the Civil War.  After the war Union soldiers formed the Grand Army of the Republic for mutual support. The purpose of the SUVCW is to preserve their memory, to remember their brave service that saved the Union, and to pass on their heritage.

The roots of the Civil War are in Kansas during the pre-war Bleeding Kansas era. The state supplied soldiers to the war effort, who fought valiantly in many battles. During the westward expansion after the war, Kansas became known as the Soldier State because thousands of soldiers moved west to make it their home. 

Our camps are located in Wichita, Lawrence, Olathe, Humboldt, Winfield, and Topeka.  Each camp is active in their communities and neighboring towns.  For meeting times and locations of the camp nearest you, click on the camps link in the menu above.  We are an active and growing department looking to expand.  We would be excited to help you find your Civil War heritage and work alongside you as we share our common purpose.  Membership information can be found by clicking here

We encourage you to explore this site to see the many activities in which we are involved.  Your help is needed so the memory of the heroes of our nation is not lost.  It’s a vital task-won’t you join us in it?

Thomas E. Schmidt, PDC
Department Commander

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