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13 May 2023 Department of Kentucky Encampment Mt Zion Christian Church Richmond KY

Officers are sworn in

13 May 2023

Sidney Todd Stone dedication

Patrick Cummins 3rd Great G Grandfather unveils his Grandfathers marker.

1 May 2022 Winston KY Providence Baptist Church Cemetery 

We don't know Jack! Mainly because they were all Johns! Big John, Little John but under all that we wear long johns! Well, all these Johns and others held a ceremony for Andrew J Tharp. GAR Kentucky Department Commander 1897. Private Andrew Tharp was 18 when he joined the military. A handsome man with Blue eyes, and Auburn hair with a fair complexion who stood at 5’6”. L-R are- Brothers John Mills, John Buckler, Rev Roger Hurt, Steve Menefee, Phil Seyfrit, John  Kalbfleisch, Steve Clifford, John Martin, Bruce Fortin, David Jones, John Flynn. Also present were State Senator Brandon Smith and State Representative Bill Wesley.

Department of KY Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) Sons of Veteran Reserves (SVR) performed Color guard, John Kalbfleisch shared the story of Elijah P Marrs, the name sake of SUVCW Camp #5. Color guard Bruce Fortin, Bruce Loveall, John Martin, Robert Jones, Mike Flyn Camp 5 Cdr, John Mills, John Buckler. 12th US Colored Heavy Artillery-Bob Bell, Lonnie Brown

Honoring an Ancestor of one of our own

We honored a descendant of one of our own Brother, Br John Kalbfleisch wife. Bugler Pvt Mathew Dennis Senn. This Soldier did not have a marker on his grave. Br Todd Early, tasked with acquiring the stone, and coordinating with the Church had once again fulfilled our mission. Brothers John Kalbfleisch, John Mills, John Buckler, Mike Flynn, Phil Phillip M. Seyfrit and our Dpt CDR David E. Jones from Elijah P Marrs Camp 5 traveled to Louisville. Many relatives were also in attendance. Fort Duffield Camp 1 Brothers Bruce Fortin, Bruce Loveall, Todd Early, John Martin, Vestal Rogers, Eugene Wood, John Witt Chap Ed Lane, and Tom Latham.

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Colonel Moore a problem child or just misunderstood. Wayside Marker dedication at Tebbs Bend, 327 Tebbs Bend Rd, Campbellsville, KY 42718. Members of the 3rd Military district CO A, 1st Capital Guards, Bridgewater Scouts, Camp 1 Fort Duffield SUVCW, 4th KY re-enactors all present to support the ceremony. SVR Vestal Rogers Color SGT, Bruce Loveall portrayed Colonel Orlando Moore, CP5/4th KY Steve Menefee, SVR Bruce Fortin, 4th KY Jim Forester, Austin Booth, SVR Rich Martin, 4th KY Donald Mattingly, Taylor Bishop, SVR  Timothy Downey, SVR John John E. Gatton.

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SVR Vestal Rogers Color SGT, Bruce Loveall portrayed Colonel Orlando Moore, CP5/4th KY Steve Menefee, SVR Bruce Fortin, 4th KY Jim Forester, BLNeph, SVR Rich Martin, 4th KY Donald Mattingly, Taylor, SVR  Timothy Downey, SVR John John E. Gatton.

Colonel Moore marker

25th MI Vol Inf


Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Camps 1,3,5. I was not at this ceremony but our Camp1 Fort Duffield was represented at the Jonas Curtis Stone dedication in Covington KY Linden Grove Cemetery. The ceremony was scheduled for 2020 but COVID affected everything including honoring our dead.

The first picture what comes to my mind? Aint no sense in looking down, Aint no discharge on the ground!

Second pic- The new Head stone for Jonas Curtis.

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Chaplain Roger Hurt CP5, Robert Jones CP1, John Buckler-Jack Mills-Mike Flynn Camp 5.

John Robert Lobb 

born 25 Feb 1844 d, 2 Jan 1911

The Great Grand daughter Mrs Mattingly asked the group for a grave marker ceremony. Camp 5 SGT Elijah J Marrs officiating the ceremony. Fort Duffield Camp 1 members also in attendance.

John Robert Lobb of Co. E,  27th Kentucky Infantry at Hammonsville Cemetery. The ceremony was held on Sunday June 13th at 2:30 pm Central Daylight Time (CDT) . The cemetery is to the right of the Three Forks of Bacon Creek Church at 11708 Hammonsville Rd., Magnolia, KY.

L-R Mark Farrar, John Buckler, Rich Martin, Greg Ard, Ed Lane, Jack Mills, Gary McDowel, Chris Sanders, John Kalbfleisch, Daniel Bowman,  Bruce Fortin photographer. 

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Peter H Baumann

Sons of Union Veterans/Sons Veterans Reserve/9th MI Vol Inf members came out to honor a Civil War/Indian War Soldier; Peter H Baumann. The descendants of Peter Bauman were present, Harvey and his wife and daughters Shannon and Michelle laid the symbols of honor on the grave. Here is the link to the ceremony, Peter H Baumann

Thanks to our Department of KY Sons Union Veterans of the Civil War Chaplain Ed Lane.

Gravestone dedicated to Louisville man who fought in Civil War | News |

Present were Brothers Vestal Rogers, Ed Lane, Chris Flaherty, David Garrison, Bruce Loveall, Todd Early Robert Jones, Bruce Fortin.

Mike Pawul and wife, Bugles Across America. 

Yet another stone dedication ceremony. 

Benjamin Franklin Newland                                                                                                     18 April 2021

 Union soldier remembered, honored in Georgetown Cemetery - ABC 36 News (

SGT Elijah P Marrs Camp 5 sponsored a marker dedication for Pvt Benjamin Newland at Georgetown Cemetery on 710 Broadway in Georgetown KY. Benjamin signed up for service on 12 Dec 1863 and mustered out on 18 April 1865. Benjamin was 5’9 with blue eyes, light hair and of fair complexion. He was born on 25 Dec 1828 in Maryland and died of heart failure at Scott County on 8 Jun 1913. He was married to Elizabeth Jane Chowning on 20 Dec 1862 in Owenton, KY. They had 16 children. 

 Benjamin filed for a pension on 25 Jan 1887.

Brother John Buckler is a descendant of Benjamin and Jane Newland. Benjamin a Private with the 30th Kentucky’s Company E mustered in at Frankfort February 19, 1864. It appears that elements of a home guard that was folded into federal service. Serving about a year the 30th saw duty campaigning primarily against guerrillas, mustering out April 18, 1865. The SUVCW strive to educate through services like this, as the inheritors of the Grand Army of the Republic, to honor the soldiers, sailors, marines, and citizen soldiers who get called up to national service.

DC Chris Workman said a few words

Ready Aim Fire!

PDC Jack Mills, PDC Bruce Fortin, Steve Menefee, Bil Phanstiel, JVC Mike Flynn

John Buckler 

Assistant Surgeon Henry C Miller Marker dedication at Cave Hill cemetery in Louisville, Ky. Brother Todd Early coordinated with cemetery personnel and the VA to acquire a stone for a Civil War Asst. Surgeon Henry C Miller. PDC Bruce Fortin officiating. Department Cdr Chris Workman and members from Camp 5 in Lexington were present.

Assistant Surgeon 53 KY Feb - Sept 1865

Brothers Todd Early, Robert Jones, Ed Lane, Bruce Fortin, Chris Workman, John Mills, Mike Flynn, John Buckler, John Martin. Bruce Loveall (not in photo)

April 11 2021 at Waco Flatwoods Cemetery.

Union soldier honored during gravestone dedication in Madison County

By Danielle Saitta -April 11, 2021

WACO, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Sunday, a gravestone dedication in Waco, Ky., honored a Union Civil War soldier.

Members of The Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War held the ceremony at Flatwoods Cemetery in Madison County for George T. Grinstead.

After serving in the war, he later became the president of the Union Veterans of Kentucky.

According to members of the non-profit, other soldiers who fought in the Civil War aren’t as lucky as Grinstead to have a marker at all.

“There’s probably tens of thousands of them and part of our mission is to identify them and to get them appropriate headstones if at all possible,” says Phillip Seyfrit, a member of the non-profit.

Another gravestone dedication will be held in the Georgetown Cemetery next Sunday in honor of another veteran.

Randy's Road trips at 14 min mark

Randy's Road Trips 

Brother Ed Lane and Robert Jones laid Wreaths at Zachary Taylor cemetery.

Mar 26 2021

Camp Calhoun Camp 2 holds a living History event

Camp 2

William Just Co B 4t KY Cavalry

November 28 2020,  Brothers from Camps across the Department of Kentucky gathered together to honor Union Civil War soldier William Just, who fought with the Four Kentucky Calvery, at St. Michael's Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. Despite the challenges presented by the current health situation in our nation, we are still able to be active in a safe and socially distant manner in order to continue to accomplish our mission of promoting patriotism, honoring those who served and sacrificed for our nation, and educating the public about that service and sacrifice. Great job Brothers! Your Brothers from across our Order stand with you and encourage you to continue your excellent work!

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Ceremony in Louisville honors Civil War soldier | News | 

Veterans Day 7 Nov 2020

Southeast Christian Church Middletown, KY. Veterans Day Parade in Reverse. The public drove through a serpentine layout and viewed the Parade participants. Start time 1100 to 1PM. Massing of the colors at 1030 AM.

(SUVCW at 1:46 video time. )Veterans Day Parade held on 7 Nov in Middletown (Louisville) KY. Here is the link to the video provided by:

Dan Wasserzug, Operations

Kentucky Veterans Parade

What an incredible day you brought to this community!  Your service and sacrifice are honored with our gratitude and respect.

Thank you for coming together to create the “Corridor of Freedom” for the attendees to be a part of.

It was a wonderful day (and not just due to weather) for all of us to join together in honor of country!!!

Thank you for coming together in such a short period of time!!!

Thank you for your continued support to this event!!!

Great Ceremony Maysville GAR Monument recognition placed on NRHP.

Townsend Grave dedication

Colonels Thomas Fairleigh and Charles Pennebaker stone dedication  (WHAS)

Check out Fort Duffield memorial plaza: 

Memorial Plaza Dedication Fort Duffield Camp 1 SUVCW/SVR

Wreaths Across America- Camp Nelson National Cemetery Nicholasville, KY

Decoration Day 30 May 2020 Fort Duffield

Annual Decoration Day Ceremony at Fort Dufield. 

Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic plans have changed considerably. All Official Ceremonies were canceled by order of  VA Cemetery personnel.

Fort Duffield Camp 1 held their annual Decoration Day service at Fort Duffield in Westpoint KY. at 7PM. 

Who are these masked men!? These are the men of the Sons of  Veteran Reserves SUVCW at Fort Duffield Camp 1! Practicing "Social Distancing.

Attendees included Colour SGT Vestal Rogers, SVC Bruce Loveall, PDC Bruce Fortin, CC John Gatton, DC Robert Jones and Chaplain Ed Lane. A special thanks to Connie Morris who was our photographer. Also a thank you to those who prepared our ceremony by placing flags and flowers at the memorial, PDC John Witt and Tom Latham.

Feb 15 2020- Trip to Magnet Indiana, Ed Lane gave benediction for the Soldiers that died in the explosion of the USS Argosy on 21 Aug 1865. Ten Soldiers lost their lives here on the Ohio river.

14 Dec 2019

Wreaths Across America at Nelson National (Cemetery ) Monument as the Sons of Union Veterans/ Sons of Veterans Reserve and 4th KY stood sentinel as each representative of the Armed Forces and missing in action; presented their respective Wreaths to honor them.

October 20 2019

Fort Duffield Memorial Plaza dedication 

Decoration Day 2019 New Albany National Cemetery

Tom Latham, Vestal Rogers,Bruce Loveall (PCC),John Witt(PDC), Keith Karcher(PDC), Bruce Fortin(PDC), Priscilla Fikes (NSDU 1861-1865), Robert Jones (DC),John Gatton (CC), Scott Gordon (Bugles Across America)

Hard work, coordination with Cave Hill cemetery and the dedication of Camp 5 Brother Jack Mills made this a successful ceremony.

Department Commander Robert Jones Department Secretary/Treasurer Bruce Fortin.

Colonels Thomas Fairleigh and Charles Pennebaker stone dedication.

Color Guard performs volley salute.

Some Fairleigh descendants