Mark Your Calendars!

The 2017 Department Encampment will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Bakersfield, CA, on March 17th and 18th, 2017!  Hotel reservations, encampment registration forms, program ad forms, and a letter with additional important information can be found at the Encampment page on the Department website.

We’ve revised the “fill-in” PDF registration form to automatically calculate totals on the form this year.  We’re also introducing something new this year, with an “early bird” discount.  If you can get your registration forms to me by February 15th, you’ll save $10 per person on registration.  For those who would prefer to print and fill out the form by hand, a “non fill-in” version of the PDF registration form is also provided on the website.

Saturday lunch is included with encampment registration, and you have a choice for your lunch selection this year.  You’ll see the lunch options on the registration form (please select one per person).  Details for the optional VIP banquet on Saturday night are also provided.

Looking forward to a great encampment at our new location this year.  It was an effort to find a venue that would suit our needs.  We’re confident that this hotel will serve us well.

Yours in Fraternity, Charity & Loyalty,

Dean Enderlin, PCC
Senior Vice-Commander
Dept. of California & Pacific
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

REMINDER: First Camp Meeting of 2017

SUVCW CAMP 22 & SVR COMPANY B:

On Wednesday January 4, we will be holding our first meeting of 2017.  We will be at Sam’s Hoffbrau at Watt and El Camino in Sacramento.  The meeting will start at 6:30.  I hope to see you there.

Important issues to discuss at this meeting:

  1. Nominations for officers
  2. Possibility of Camp 22 taking on an Educational Event at Gibson Ranch in 2018.

In F C & L,

Jim Monteton, Camp Commander

NOTE: Minutes from previous meeting can be viewed/downloaded here. Meeting agenda can be viewed/downloaded here.

Passing of Past Commander-in-Chief Charles Kuhn

Brothers of Camp 22 & SVR Company B, 8th Regiment:

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of PCinC Charlie Kuhn’s passing. Charlie was from Pennsylvania and was CinC in 2007. I just found out and will share the details of his forthcoming service when I receive it.

Yours with Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty,

Jim Monteton

Camp Commander

Holiday Event Invitation from DUVCW

The Ladies of DUVCW Margaret Crocker Tent #10

Cordially Invite the Brothers of SUVCW Gen. Wright Camp #22

to

A Holiday Event

on

December 3, 2016

duvcwinvitationHere is a link to the invitation where you can RSVP. If the link does not work or you want more information about the event, please contact Lois Koenig at (916)652-5017 or by email.

 

SUVCW at Folsom Rail Fest 2016

On September 24 and 25, Camp 22 and Company B set up their display campsite at Rail Fest 2016 in Folsom, California. The Rail Fest is an annual event celebrating and commemorating the significance of Folsom’s place in California and railroading history. The event is put on by the Placerville and Sacramento Valley Railroad, which is the current incarnation of the oldest railroad west of the Rockies.

The railroad also has many Civil War connections. The original company was formed in San Francisco in 1852, and members of the company included Theodore Judah, later to be famous as the surveyor of the Central Pacific trans-continental route; and William Tecumseh Sherman, who served briefly as the railroad’s Vice-President.

The section of tracks run and maintained by the P&SVRR today were originally laid down by the Sacramento Valley Railroad at the height of the Civil War in 1863. Given the demand for iron and other supplies necessary for the war effort, it is not surprising that it took until 1865 for the railroad to reach Shingle Springs. There are many contemporary newspaper stories from the Civil War that describe Union rallies in Sacramento attended by thousands of people, many of whom arrived from surrounding foothill towns by way of the Sacramento Valley Railroad.

As the photos show, Camp 22 was joined by the Margaret Crocker Tent of the DUVCW at this year’s event. A grand time was had by all, and the train rides were popular with the volunteers (even those in hoop skirts!).  Many thanks to all the Sons and Daughters who were part of the event, including Bob Maerdian, David Salyer, Jim Monteton, Don Wilt, Grayson Marchese, Kevin Marchese, Dixie Christianson, and Vicki Contente.

 

Special Civil War Event at the State Archives

Cover of Blaine Lamb's latest book. (Image from State Archives website)

Cover of Blaine Lamb’s latest book. (Image from State Archives website)

On Thursday, October 20, at the California State Archives, author Blaine Lamb will be speaking about his latest book The Extraordinary Live of Charles Pomeroy Stone: Soldier, Surveyor, Pasha, Engineer.

As the secession crisis came to a head in the winter of 1861, an obscure military engineer, Charles Pomeroy Stone, emerged as the rallying point for the defense of Washington, D.C. He was protector of the president and right hand man of the army’s commanding general. Nevertheless, just a year later, this same hero sat in prison branded as an incompetent soldier and likely traitor.

Readers of Civil War history know Stone best for his disgrace and imprisonment. His story, however, goes far beyond this unfortunate occurrence – all the way from the Halls of the Montezumas to Gold Rush California, and from the pyramids of Egypt to the Statue of Liberty.

About the Author

A native of San Diego, California, Blaine Lamb obtained his BA and MA degrees in history from the University of San Diego. He then moved to Tempe, Arizona, and entered the doctoral program in history at Arizona State University, receiving his PhD in 1982. Dr. Lamb returned to California and joined staff of the State Railroad Museum as an archivist and later became a senior archivist at the California State Archives. In 2007, he took the position of Chief of the Archaeology, History and Museums Division of California State Parks, where he remained until his retirement in 2012. Since retirement, he completed work on his biography of General Charles Pomeroy Stone, which was published in 2016. In addition to the Stone biography, Dr. Lamb’s publications include articles and reviews in California History,Journal of Arizona History, Western Historical Quarterly, Journal of America’s Military Past, Journal of the West, and Overland Journal.

Special Note

The event is free, but tickets are required. Click here for more information about the event, including a link for tickets.

Volunteers Needed for Divide Gold Rush Days

12565395_1318279461531876_1879409665126475343_nDivide Gold Rush Days still needs docents and reenactors for encampments! If you’ve never been there, it’s a beautiful spot for living history (and history-history) located in Georgetown, Ca. Even if you can’t go, please help out and spread the word to get a great turn out. Also, if you know of any vendors of hand-crafted items, please pass this along. The cost is only $45.00 for 2 days to be a vendor.

Impressions: You might be thinking, “Why are they soliciting Civil War reenactors for a California Gold Rush event? While impressions are ideally of the pre-CW era, keep in mind you would have found many a wandering soldier in the gold fields.

Desertion to the gold field left San Francisco bay full of unmanned ships, and military installations were also nearly wiped out. Why? Money. A man could earn more in a day at the mines than in a month as a soldier.

Need proof?

Ask our good friend General Sherman about it. He complained in his must-read memoirs that the “pursuits of deserters had to be composed wholly of officers because the enlisted men were more apt to join the deserters.”

Read more about it here: http://www.militarymuseum.org/Presidio.html

Please RSVP through the Divide Gold Rush Days Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DivideGoldRushDays/

Fort Point Living History Day on August 20

Mark Your Calendars!

Living History Day

August 20 at Fort Point National Historic Site

 

The next Fort Point Living History Day is coming up on Saturday, August 20. Like the past few events, there is an overnight option for this event.

General Activities and Rules for the Living History Event

  • Musician demos, artillery drill and school of the company (infantry) will be held throughout the day
  • Please try to observe rank ratio within your units. We would prefer to have more privates than elected rank, if possible.
  • No caps, no powder
  • No alcohol
  • Proper Union or civilian impressions required (confederates can galvanize)
  • If possible, please arrive between 8am-9am on Saturday to set up. The Fort opens to the public by 10am.
  • Unfortunately, sutlers can not sell items for profit due to NPS rules and the lack of space.
  • Please try to carpool. Parking is very limited.

More details can be found at www.20thmaine.net.

NOTE: if you are new to the Fort, you will need to sign a NPS Volunteer Agreement. You only need to sign this if you have not signed one before. Parents will need to sign it for minors. Contact Mike Musante or Jordan Koplowicz for forms and more info.

Overnighter Logistics

The overnighter is only on Saturday night. Please RSVP by August 15th if you want to stay overnight (Saturday August 20th only), please email Mike Musante AND Jordan Koplowicz the following info:

  1. Name (or names if multiple people)
  2. Unit and club
  3. Cell / home phone
  4. Email address
  5. Are you bringing a car (we need to get an estimate of how many cars will be parked at the fort overnight)
  6. Let us know if you are under 18 years of age. If so, and not attending with your parent, you will need to provide your parent’s names and cell phones, the name of a temporary guardian, and complete a temporary guardian form

Overnight attendees should request and review the following forms:

  1. Overnight Logistics document: Please read this carefully. It is the same document from previous overnighters. But please note that we will be enforcing a curfew policy where we expect everyone but the guards to be in their bunks at night after lights out.
  2. Minor Temp Guardian Form: if you are under 18 and attending with another family, your parents must complete this AND sign the NPS volunteer agreement. You must also give your parents’ names and home / cell phone to Mike Musante and Jordan.
  3. NPS Volunteer Agreement: sign this if you have not signed one before. Parents will need to sign it for minors.

Since we can not have open flame (firepits OR candles), you will need to bring battery operated candles for the overnighter.

To keep it simple, we will have a pizza / salad dinner (bring $10 per person to cover costs). On Sunday, there will be a breakfast (muffins, coffee, fruit, possibly some oatmeal, etc) which will cost a couple of dollars. Reenactors will need to provide their own lunch on Saturday and Sunday (bring a cooler or secure place to keep food).

Reenactors are welcome to stay until 5pm on Sunday if they want, but most leave after flag raising. The activities on Sunday will be informal and ad hoc, depending on public and reenactor turnout.

Mike Musante may not be able to attend the event. But Jordan and other members of the Fort Point team will be there for the entire weekend to help coordinate the Saturday evening and Sunday activities.