RIO GRANDE — The Cadot-Blessing Camp 126 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War based in Gallipolis recently held elections and installation of officers for 2016.
The SUVCW is the legal heir to the Grand Army of the Republic (first veterans organization in U.S.) and consists of 20 camps in the state of Ohio and camps in 36 other states across the country. All members of the SUVCW are direct or collateral descendants (referring to uncles) of Civil War soldiers, sailors or Marines that served between 1861 and 1865. The purpose of the organization is to keep the memory of the “Boys that wore the Blue” fresh in people’s minds and hearts and remind them of the 1 million casualties of the war with almost 500,000 killed.
Living along the border of what is now West Virginia (Virginia in 1861) gives most people of this area some connection to the Civil War and the camp would like to invite anyone with Civil War ancestry to attend the meetings and participate. It is not what you pay to be a member, it is what your ancestor paid for you to be eligible.
Members do not have to wear uniforms, carry weapons or camp. Cadot-Blessing Camp 126 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is a historical preservation, educational and patriotic organization.
The 2016 officers were installed by Shawn Cox, Ohio department commander of the SUVCW.