Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Union Defender March 2011


1) Members performed the SUV ritual ceremony and inducted several new members, including Larry Toll, Bob Drake, and Eddie Cox.

2) Jeff Patrick reported that an estimate on the restoration cost for the Mountain Grove soldier’s monument would be ready by mid-March.

3) Members were reminded about the Pea Ridge anniversary ceremony on March 5

4) Jeff Patrick reported that a brick/paver has been purchased in honor of Union soldiers, sailors and marines for the planned Republic Veterans Memorial.

5) Members discussed the John Hutchison event at Isabella, Missouri on March 20.


On Saturday, March 5, several members of Phelps Camp braved very cold temperatures in order to honor the men of the Army of the Southwest at the Pea Ridge Battle Anniversary Ceremony. Commander Wait gave a short talk on behalf of the SUVCW, and the members of Phelps Camp performed musket firing demonstrations and gave “soldier life” talks the rest of the day. See attached photos, courtesy of Bob Drake, camp photographer.


On Sunday, March 20, members of Phelps Camp honored the last recognized Missouri Civil War veteran, John Hutchison, and Medal of Honor recipient Harrison Collins at the Isabella, Missouri cemetery. A crowd of approximately 70 people were there to hear remarks by Commander Wait, Secretary John Rutherford and Daughters of Union Veterans Commander Sally McAlear. Phelps Camp members formed a color guard, presented a memorial wreath, and fired a musket volley to conclude the ceremony (see attached photos).

NEXT MEETING The April meeting will be held at the Visitor Center at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield on Tuesday,
April 5, 2011 at 7 p.m.

2011 DUES ARE NOW DUE Yes, it is time to “re-enlist,” for we will soon need to drop members because of unpaid dues. 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


Phelps Camp member Ted Hillmer would like to remind members about some upcoming events:

June: Possible event in downtown Springfield to commemorate the arrival of Union forces in 1861.
August 6: Parade in downtown Republic, followed by living history programs
August 10: Battle of Wilson’s Creek anniversary ceremony, 7 p.m.
August 11: Possible event to commemorate the skirmish at Dug Springs, near Clever

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