Monday, September 17, 2012

Greg Wait

The members of Phelps Camp #66 deeply mourn the passing of our camp commander Greg Wait.  Greg was a dedicated supporter of many Civil War events in our community.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A visitation will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday September 19 at Greenlawn South Funeral Home in Springfield.  Services will follow at 2:00 P.M. with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery North.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Union Defender August 2012

WHAT HAPPENED AT THE AUGUST MEETING?  Camp members discussed various items of camp business, and enjoyed watching the new video of the Battle of Shiloh that was produced by the National Park Service for Shiloh National Military Park.

NEXT MEETING:  The September meeting of Phelps Camp will take place at the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center on Tuesday, September 4 at 7 p.m. We will discuss several items of camp business, including plans for the September 22 ceremony near Elkland.  

CONDOLENCES TO JOHN RUTHERFORD:  The members of Phelps Camp extend their condolences to camp secretary-treasurer John Rutherford and his family. John’s father recently passed away in Ohio.

DUES ARE STILL DUE:  Dues are still $30 (the same as 2011). Please make your check or money order payable to “Phelps Camp No. 66, SUVCW” and mail to:

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

With many more 150th anniversary events on the horizon, we need the men of Phelps Camp to “re-enlist” and help the public remember those who fought and died to save the Union.

CAMP COMMANDER WAIT REPRESENTS SUV AT WILSON’S CREEK BATTLEFIELD:  Camp Commander Wait represented the SUVCW at the Wilson’s Creek battle anniversary ceremony on Friday, August 10, 2012. In his remarks, Greg explained the history of the organization and highlighted our recent efforts to honor those who saved the Union. In addition, camp members Larry Toll and Todd Wilkinson were in attendance. Larry commanded the living history color guard, and Todd represented the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. 
SEPTEMBER 22 CEREMONY NEAR ELKLAND:  On Saturday, September 22, we will help the descendants of Union Corporal Thomas Keeling, 46th Missouri Infantry, dedicate a new headstone in his honor on private property near Elkland. Phelps Camp members are urged to attend, wearing membership medals, and those with living history clothing are encouraged to come in 1860s period attire. In addition, we need members with appropriate Union infantry uniform, accoutrements and weapon to volunteer for the color guard. 

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m., so camp members are asked to be at the cemetery no later than 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will last approximately one hour, and immediately following the event all camp members are invited to a potluck dinner at a nearby church.

Here are the particulars:
To get to the Orten-Tippin Cemetery-
From Springfield—Take I-44 East to the Marshfield exit. At the top of the ramp, turn left and pass over I-44. At the traffic light, turn right on Highway W. Travel 11.3 miles to Sunrise Road. Turn right at the “Y” in the road, stay to the right, and travel across the creek and through the woods to the property owner’s driveway. The address is 635 Sunrise Road, Elkland, Mo.

From Elkland—Take EE east to Highway W, then north (left) 2.2. miles to Sunrise Road. Turn right at the “Y” in the road, stay to the right, and travel across the creek and through the woods to the property owner’s driveway.
Watch for “Keeling” signs!
Following the ceremony, the potluck luncheon will be held at the St. Luke Church. To get there from the cemetery, turn left on Sunrise Road to Highway W. Turn left and go about 4.4 miles south on Highway W to Highway Y. Turn left. The church is about ½ mile on the right side of the road. 

Those attending the ceremony (non-camp members) are urged to bring a lawn chair if they cannot stand. There are no restroom facilities at the cemetery.

CIVIL WAR COMMEMORATIVE “CHALLENGE COINS” AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE:  Yes, we still have some! The camp has purchased several SUVCW “Challenge Coins” for resale. Two designs are available—one for the Civil War 150th anniversary and one for the Grand Army of the Republic anniversary. Check out the designs: These are priced to move at only $10 each! Jeff Patrick will have them available at upcoming meetings.

NEW ISSUE OF THE MISSOURI UNIONIST NOW AVAILABLE:  Check out the latest issue of the Department of Missouri’s newsletter at

CAN DO!  Please bring your cans to the next meeting so that we can rebuild our stock.