Monthly Camp Meeting

This is a reminder that our monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, May 3, at 6:30 PM. The meeting location is Sam’s Hofbrau, 2500 Watt Avenue.

Camp Commander Monteton has published the agenda, which can be viewed and downloaded here.

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/