RIO GRANDE — The local Cadot-Blessing Camp 126 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War recently inducted its latest members.
John Holcomb joins on his great-grandfather Zarah Holcomb, who mustered into Company B, 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on April 12, 1861.
The camp also inducted Michael S. Johnson, who joins on his great-great-great-grandfather Cornelius J. Vanderboegh, who mustered into Company G, 21st Michigan Infantry on Aug. 6, 1862. Commander James Oiler welcomed both into the camp on Tuesday.
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is a congressionally chartered organization founded for charitable, fraternal, patriotic and educational purposes and is the sole heir to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), the country’s first veterans organization started in 1866.
Any person with Civil War ancestry is encouraged to pay the ultimate honor to their ancestor by joining the group’s ranks and honoring the “Boys that wore the Blue.”