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The Bugle Call

Gettysburg Camp #112 SUVCW

December 2010

GAR Hall

53 E. Middle St.

Gettysburg, PA 17325


Gettysburg Camp #112 SUVCW

The Bugle Call

February 2011

Next Meeting


March 5th

2:00 PM Lincoln’s 202nd Birthday Observed

PA Dept. Holds Lincoln Luncheon

On February 12th members of Gettysburg Camp #112

attended the annual PA Dept. Lincoln Lunch at the Eden Resort

in Lancaster, PA. Camp 19 in Lancaster hosted the event. A

very good buffet lunch was provided and the

entertainment was provided by the local Civil War themed Explorer

Post with Victorian Tableaus. The keynote speaker was

author, poet, and playwright, Daniel Mark

Epstein. His books about Lincoln include “Lincoln’s Men: The

President and his Private Secretaries”, “The Lincolns: Portrait of a marriage”, and

“Lincoln and Whitman: Parallel lives in Civil War Washington”.

Lincoln Honored in Washington D.C.

In Washington D.C. on Saturday, February 12th,

Members of Gettysburg Camp #112 attended the

Lincoln Birthday ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial.

A joint effort between several organizations, the color

guard representing the S.U.V.C.W. is traditionally the

Lancaster Fencibles, S.V.R. A wreath laying

ceremony is held and participating organizations such

as the S.U.V.C.W., L.G.A.R., and MOLLUS place

wreaths along with the wreath sent by the President

of the United States. In past years our own

Gettysburg Blues S.V.R. have participated.

February Minutes fforr Caamp #112 SUVCW

Camp opened@ 2:00pm with 16 members present.

Roll Call of Officers: all present.

Motion made by PCC Dave Sosnowski to accept minutes as printed in Bugle Call. 2nd by PCinC

Charles Kuhn. Motion passed.

Treasurer Report given and accepted pending audit.

Does any Brother know of a sick Brother or a Brother Family in distress: PC in C Charles Kuhn asked

our camp to keep Past Vice President Dick Cheney (who is a member of the SUVCW) in our prayers as he

deals with his heart problems.

Reports of Visiting Committee: None

Investigating Committee: Brother Richard McGeary transferred into our Camp from the Baker Fisher

Camp: Sean Wickerham and Seth Wickerham (as a Junior) were present for imitation. Welcome all new

members to our camp.

Reports of Committees:

Artifact Committee: PCC Dave Sosnowski said the Artifact Committee met an hour before the

meeting and not many members showed, therefore he requested that members give him their email and they

will stay in touch electronically.

Old Business: PCC Bob Dorsey made a motion to hold a Medal of Honor Ceremony for Daniel P.

Reigle (who is buried in a cemetery in Littlestown, Pa.) on Medal of Honor Day 2012. 2nd by PCC Dave Sosnowski.

Motion passed. Camp Commander appointed a Committee: PCC Bob Dorsey, SVC Alan Ferranto,

Brother Dave Martz.

New Business: SVC Alan Ferranto gave information for the benefit of the camp: There will be a re

enactment in Gettysburg in April 2011 to kick off the 150 anniversary events of the Civil War. Anyone wanting

to volunteer to help with that event please give SVC Ferranto your name and email address.

Brother Alan also brought up about insurance on the artifacts the camp owns in the hall. After much

discussion Camp Commander Paul McMillin appointed PCC Dave Acheson to look into the matter.

Brother Alan also mentioned that the same as last year HGAC will be holding a luncheon the Monday

after our May meeting and the camp can expect them to do the same thing as last year, where they set up the

hall on Sunday causing the Camp to move its meeting to the basement. Camp Commander will look into it.

There was much discussion about the letter the camp received from HGAC about charging a yearly fee

for the use of the hall. Commander McMillin had found the agreement between The SUVCW and HGAC

made in the late 1980’s and read pertinent parts of the document which said we had free use of the hall. PC in

C Charles Kuhn made a motion to DONATE $500.00 to HGAC 2nd by PCC Dave Sosnowski. After discussion

it was moved to cut off debate. That motion passed. Then the camp voted on the original motion which

also passed.

Motion made by PC in C Charles Kuhn and 2nd by PCC Bob Dorsey: Motion said that after upcoming

newsletter, newsletter would only be available electronically. After discussion motion failed.

Motion made by SVC Alan Ferranto and 2nd by PCC Dave Sosnowski to hold a clean up in the National

Park before our meeting on April 3rd. Motion passed. Lunch will be provided after the cleanup and before

the meeting.

Meeting closed @ 3:45pm

Attest to

Robert A. Dorsey Sec / Treas.

Gettysburg Camp 112

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Camp Order #2, 2011

February 6, 2011

There has been some confusion in the past months regarding how the GAR Hall should be used, left

and maintained. The lack of knowledge of the conditions of use set by the HGAC has led to a strain

on our relationship. This is an area that must be dealt with wisely so as to avoid a return of the difficult

relationships that have arisen in the past. We must know and respect the fact that when the

GAR Hall was deeded to the HGAC it was in a state of disrepair that might have led to its ultimate

loss. This would have removed a historic building from Gettysburg and deprived us of a part of the

GAR heritage we are sworn to preserve. As such, the following directives are to be followed by all

participating in any activity which involves the use of the GAR Hall.

1 Rooms must be left in a clean and orderly condition.

2 The chairs in the meeting room should be returned to their “meeting room” configuration. This

means rows straight across with a single center aisle. The rows should not go back beyond the cabinet

which contains the projector screen controls and the sound system.

3 The sound system is not to be used without permission of HGAC.

4 Heat and air conditioning can be adjusted for comfort, but the settings must be returned to the preuse

level before leaving.

5 Lights and ceiling fans must be turned off and all doors including the old heavy front doors and

the double door entry to the main room, must be locked before leaving.

6 Parking behind the building is permitted only in those spaces marked for HGAC.

7 Any trash generated by an event must be taken for disposal on leaving.

8 It will be the duty of the Camp Commander to see that the above rules are observed.

So ordered

February 6, 2011

Paul McMillin, Camp Commander

Gettysburg Camp #112


The Gavel


One of the three principles on which our order is founded is charity. The members of Skelly Post #9

expressed charity when they committed their fullest efforts to shut down a horrid orphanage here in

Gettysburg. The orphans of their fallen comrades were relocated and rescued from a hell on earth.

Charity can often be described as brotherly love or compassion. It is what is expected from each of

us. It is what separates the wheat from the chaff and, with the breath of kindness, blows the chaff

away. I am reminded of the definition of charity given so eloquently in I Corinthians.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding

brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries,

and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity,

I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to

be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth

not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all

things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they

shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy

in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

We never use the long form of initiation for new members because it is, by definition, long. This

past month, I read it for the first time. I repeat here, the charge given by the Senior Vice Commander,

for its impact and for its instruction to all members of our order.

“Charity is one of the most important principles demonstrated by the Sons of Union Veterans of the

Civil War. Charity comes as quietly as the dew of heaven, comforting

and making glad the hearts it touches and instilling the giver with noble thoughts and unselfish aims.

We, who are able, help those Brothers with failing strength, suffering misfortune or distressed by

problems common to this life. Let them lean upon our shoulders, share with us our portion and draw

from us inspiration to hope and happiness. How often did the Union soldiers divide their last morsel

of food, and drink from the same canteen? Sick in camp or wounded in battle, they knew that the

kind and loving hearts of their comrades were joined to brave and willing hands, the fevered brow

was cooled, the parched lips were moistened and the last moments of the dying were made blessed

by the love born of their comradeship and seasoned in the conflict of battle. But our charity should

go still further. It should be as broad as the blue vault of heaven itself and as vast as the mind of

mankind can conceive. It should be that great charity that makes all a fraternal whole, overlooking

the faults and failings of each other. That grand broad charity expressed by Lincoln when he said to

the people of this nation then engaged in deadly warfare. ―’With malice toward none, with charity

for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on.’”

This Month in Civil War History

February, 1861

Patriotic Instructor

Since March 4th is the anniversary of Lincoln’s 2nd inaugural address, you

might be interested in the following.

On March 4, 1865, Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address. In it, he

deemed the high casualties on both sides to be God's will. Historian Mark

Noll concludes it ranks "among the small handful of semi-sacred texts by

which Americans conceive their place in the world."[201] Lincoln said:

Fondly do we hope—fervently do we pray—that this mighty scourge of war

may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's 250 years of

unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with

the sword, as was said 3,000 years ago, so still it must be said, "the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether."

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let

us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle,

and for his widow, and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves,

and with all nations.[202]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Feb 1st: Texas Secessionist Convention votes 166 to 7 to Secede from the Union.

Feb 4th thru Feb 27th: Washington Peace Conference.

Feb 4th: Convention of Seceded States begins in Montgomery Alabama.

Feb 4th: Elections in Virginia create a pro-Union Secessionist Convention.

Feb 5th: The Buchanan Administration responds to South Carolina’s demand for the surrender

of Ft. Sumter. “Fort Sumter will not be surrendered”

Feb 8th: The convention of Seceded States adopts a provisional constitution creating

The Confederate States of America.

Feb 9th: Jefferson Davis elected Confederate President and Alexander Stevens elected Vice President.

Feb 9th: Tennessee voters reject call for a secessionist convention 68,262 to 59,499.

Feb 11th: Abraham Lincoln begins railroad journey from Springfield Illinois to Washington D.C.

Feb 15th: Provisional Confederate Congress vote to take Ft. Pickens and Ft. Sumter by force if necessary.

Feb 18th –19th: Maryland holds a secessionist convention in Baltimore but ends without vote to secede.

Feb 22nd - 23rd: Lincoln secretly travels in disguise through hostile Baltimore to Washington D.C. under the

protection of Allan Pinkerton.

Feb 25th: Lincoln meets with both houses of Congress.

Feb 28th: North Carolina voters reject a call for a secessionist convention by 651 votes.

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“With malice toward none; with charity for all;

with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right”

Abraham Lincoln, March 4th, 1865




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