History

Department of Kansas
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

The Department of Kansas has a unique distinction of being one of the oldest and youngest Departments of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW).  Originally chartered in 1883,the Department ceased operations when Old Abe Camp 16 in Topeka closed in 1973.  The Department re-formed and was re-chartered in July of 1996.  It now consists of four Camps located throughout the state.

Our mission consists of several key points, including:

  • Perpetuating the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) and the men who saved the Union in 1861-1865.
  • Assisting in every practicable way in the preservation and making available for research of documents and records pertaining to the G.A.R. and its members.
  • Honoring all who have served our country patriotically in any war.
  • Teaching patriotism, and the duties of citizenship, the true history of our country and the love and honor of our Flag.

Previous Annual Encampments of the Department of Kansas


Roster of Current Brothers Holding Honors of Past Department Commander or Past Camp Commanders


Department of Kansas Attendees at National Encampments


Department of Kansas Award Recipients