Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Union Defender February 2011


1) Members agreed to purchase a brick/paver in honor of Union veterans at the planned Veterans Memorial in Republic, Mo.

2) Greg Wait, Jeff Patrick, David Coffman and Gary Riley agreed to meet on Sunday, February 20, to photograph and measure the Mountain Grove, Missouri soldier’s monument. That material will then be submitted to the monument restoration company in order for them to formulate an estimate and restoration plan.

3) Members discussed the “Zagonyi’s Charge” event at Zagonyi Park in Springfield on Saturday, October 22, to mark the 150th anniversary of the charge and the recapture of Springfield.

4) As some applications for new members are still pending, it was decided to postpone the ritual/initiation ceremony until the March meeting.

NEXT MEETING The March meeting will be held at the Visitor Center at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7 p.m. SPECIAL NOTE: We will perform the SUV ritual ceremony that night in order to welcome our new members into the organization. If you are a new member and have not been initiated, please attend. If you have been initiated, we need members to help perform the ritual. Don’t be frightened—there’s nothing to memorize (you’ll have a script to follow), and there’s no physical pain or embarrassment!

2011 DUES ARE NOW DUE Yes, it is time once again to “re-up”! Unfortunately, due to a recent national dues increase, the members of Phelps Camp voted to increase yearly dues from $25 to $30, the first dues increase in MANY years. With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War fast approaching, we need every member of the camp to rejoin and help mark this important occasion. Please send a check or money order payable to “Phelps Camp No. 66, SUVCW” to:

John Rutherford
1329 S. Meadowview Ave.
Springfield, MO 65804


February 27: Sherman Day ceremony, Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, 2 p.m.
March 5: Battle of Pea Ridge Anniversary Ceremony, Pea Ridge National Military Park, 9 a.m.
March 20: Special ceremony in Isabella, Missouri to honor John Hutchison, last surviving Missouri Civil War veteran, 1:30 p.m. More details to follow.

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