Welcome to our department

The Grand Army of the Republic, often referred to as the G.A.R., was founded at Decatur, Illinois on April 6, 1866. Dr. Benjamin Franklin Stephenson founded the organization on the three cardinal principles of Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty and these principles guided the G.A.R. throughout its existence. The site is organized in the following fashion:
Leadership - Department Officers, history, contact information
Camps - State size view of camp locations and links to camp websites
Events - Department event calendar and important dates
About - History of the department and order
Resources - Useful items for the SUVCW members and camps
Thank you, for visiting our website. Enjoy
DC Jody Switzer
!Department Commander Jody Switzer
Visit our leadership page for a personal greeting from the Commander.

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Department of Illinois Encampment, Springfield, IL

Annual Fall Encampment
Department of Illinois
SUVCW
Springfield, Illinois.

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Stephenson memorial Fundraiser, Petersburg, IL

Department of Illinois Dr.Stephenson Memorial Project
Click on any image to see a larger version of the bricks. These are samples.

Brothers and Sisters of Our Order

The Sesquicentennial of Doctor Benjamin Franklin Stephenson's
creatIon of the Grand Army of the Republic on April 6, 1866, will be
upon us before we know it.
Although a beautiful monument was erected at his gravesite in 1894,
in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Petersburg, Illinois, the grounds around
it are in need of improvement. What we are proposing is a Memorial
Plaza, a paved signature brick plaza that is consistent with memorial
designs of the Grand Army of the Republic from the 1880's to 1920's.
Signature bricks can be purchased in three sizes, 4 x 8, 8 x 8 & 12 x 12.
The goal is to have the Doctor Benjamin F. Stephenson Memorial Plaza
completed by the Sesquicentennial year of 2016.
Through our efforts dear Brothers and Sisters we can create a fitting memorial
site to do honor to the man who created the organization to which we owe our
very existence.
In Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty
The Doctor Benjamin F. Stephenson Site Committee

For the Ultimate honor, consider our Memorial Polished Blank Granite Bench. This is a beautiful option and it is nicely priced at $2500.00. For more information contact PDC Terry Dyer

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Please help restore this monument. To order bricks please use this Order Form
To Order a Memorial Bench please use this form Order Form
For a Brochure on this project please click here

Department of Illinois Encampment, Chicago, IL

Annual MidTerm Encampment
Department of Illinois
SUVCW
Rosehill Cemetery Chicago, Illinois.

We had a great encampment on Saturday and many thanks goes out to Camp#1 for hosting this event. Thank you to the CinC Perley Mellor for attending our encampment.
We also have some leadership changes of note:
Department Commander - PCC Jody Switzer
Senior Vice Commander - Marc Finnegan
Junior Vice Commander - John Bigwood

Department of Illinois Encampment, O'Fallen, IL

Annual Fall Encampment
Department of Illinois
SUVCW
O'Fallen, Illinois.

We had a great encampment on Saturday and many thanks goes out to the Hecker Camp for hosting this event. It was well attended and we accomplished many things. Most importantly we made a committment to Bro. Bob Petrovich of the National Council that we have Ready, Willing, and Able committee in place and moving forward for hosting the 2016 National Encampment.....
We also have some leadership changes of note:
Department Commander - PCC Jody Switzer
Senior Vice Commander - Marc Finnegan
Junior Vice Commander - Greg Carter

Department of Illinois Encampment, Tuscola IL

Tuscola

Annual Fall Encampment
Department of Illinois
SUVCW
Tuscola, Illinois.

Left to right: Row 1 – 1 DSVC Everett Nylund (1), 2 CC Robert N Chestnut (4), 3 DC Terry Dyer(26), 4 Department Secretary Steve Aarli (26), 5 Department Treasurer Bill Johnson(26), 6 PDC Nick Kaup (1), 7, PDC Steve Westlake (2), 8 PDC Ron Clark (4). Row 2 – 1 Dana Hales (24), 2 Ken Thopson (443), 3 Steve Wheat (443), 4 Russell Schliecher (443) 5 Secretary Bob Kurek, 6 Bob Mohrman (443), 7 Lionel L Kinney (67), 8 Paul Buechler (443), 9 Tom Oestreicher (26) 10 David Eisele (26), 11 Randall Abbott Camp (4), 12 National Chaplain Jerry Kowalski (1, 2).
Row 3 – 1 Dana R Hales (24), 2 Gary Ladd (443), 3 Paul Zeien (26), 4 CC Jody Switzer (2), 5 Bill Jacobus (443), 6 William Kreml (1), 7 Steve Haight (26), 8 CC Kirk Dermint (443), 9 CC Michael Gregory(1), 10 Chuck Wright (2).
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