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2009 Department Events

Department trip to Fort Warren
25 July 2009
We will be going to Fort Warren on Georges Island in Boston Harbour, the cost for the trip is as follows;
$39.00 for a family four pack (2adults and 2 children)
$14 for Adult, $10.00 for Senior, and $8.00 for a child.
The above ferry cost is if you are traveling on your own. If you go it alone we are taking the 10:00am ferry from Long Wharf in Boston.
If you wish to travel as a group we have reserved a passenger van which will cost $16.00 plus the ferry cost listed above.
The Department will purchase and reserve all of the ferry tickets, we need to know if you are going and the age group of tickets you will need by 30 June 2009, we also need a head count for the group tour, group permit, and Food for picnic, the Department will pick up the cost for hotdogs and burgers, drinks and anything else is at your own cost. remember what ever you bring on the island you must bring off the island so bring trash bags. I have been told that you will need at least 2 hours to see the fort and to bring a flashlight. We will be taking the 3:00 or 3:30pm ferry back. The ferry ride is 25-30 mintues and their is a snack bar on the ferry.
Please contact the Assistant Department Secertary at or 401 464-2119 members of the public who wish to join us are welcome.

Flag Retirement
14 June 2009
19 Briar Point Ave Coventry, RI for the Flag retirement and Briar Point Bench for the Picnic, will begin at 1:00pm.
Please come join us to retire the unserviceable flags of our nation, we will be retiring 4500+ Grave Flags and any and all US Flags brought to us for retirement. All flags should be brought to the retirement already off of their staffs.
After the Retiremment we will have a Pot Luck Picnic and Games, weather permitting.

American Civil War Expo
28 & 29 March 2009
9AM - 5PM
The Coventry Community Center, 1277 Main Street
Coventry, Rhode Island 02816
Admission to this years Expo is Free
There will be a Living History Encampment with Period dressed re-enactors from many local military and civilian groups. You will be able to step into the past to view drills and camp life, here you will able to talk with men & women who educate and study the American Civil War. You will be able to learn about several areas of this conflict, which include;
Our Past Fathers of the "Grand Army of the Republic"
Women in the Civil War
The Western River Floatilla
Weapons of the conflict
These are just some of the areas you will also learn about our organizations;
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Auxillary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Our Graves Registration Program
Our Memorial Restoration Program & more.
We will also have two speakers on each day (four total) who will speak at 12pm, 3:30pm, there will be era music at 2:00pm each day provided by The Providence Brigade Band.
We are beginning our 6-year, 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War Traveling Educational Expo. This year come and learn about the benefits to your school, community and children. Our 6-year project jumps off in 2010, and will be a three day event, come this year to learn more. We will have Power Point demos, for teachers, administrators, parents and reenactors.
A food concession will be open to supply hamburgers, hotdogs, meatball subs, spaghetti/meatballs, drinks hot and cold (non-alcoholic only) prices will start at $1.25 and nothing will be over $5.00. 


Please come back to view a link to the website we are building for this event. This link will open on the 30th of March 2009.

Click to go to RISUVCW Traveling Educational Exposition

Annual Encampment
3rd & 4th of April 2009

On Friday, April 3, we will greet our national representative of the Commander-In-Chief, Brother Eric J. Schmincke, who is a Past Department Commander of Pennsylvania and currently serves on the National Council of Administration. We will assemble at Rira Irish Pub, 50 Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI. We’ll meet there at 11:30 for lunch. We’ll then take a walk around Kennedy Plaza and take a look at the monuments. We’ll then proceed to the State House and take a look at the battle flags, the Gettysburg Gun, and the Bull Run Gun. We’ll then proceed to Swan Point Cemetery to pay our respects to General Ambrose Burnside and our other Rhode Island notables. We’ll then go over to North Burial to visit the Prescott Post GAR plot. In the evening, we will join with our beloved wives and significant others at Legal Sea Foods at 2099 Post Road in Warwick at 6:30 pm. 

   On Saturday, April 4th we will hold our annual Department Encampment at the Newport Artillery Company located at 23 Clarke Street, Newport, Rhode Island. Registration will be at 0800, with the business meeting starting at 0900. The Artillery Company does have one request. They wish that no one be allowed to enter the upstairs with footwear that has metal coming through the sole or heel (no nails, taps, hobs, spikes, etc.). If someone does attend with such, they be required to remove said footwear prior to going up the stairs, as the floors in the upstairs hall have all been refinished. We will hold a brief breakfast collation during the meeting. We will try to work through lunch and go out for a repast at the conclusion of our business meeting.

Warren G.A.R. Monument Restoration
Completion Fall of 2009
A restoration project started by Dave McCarthy and the Warren Association of Vietnam Veterans. We were approached by Dave in January 2008 on the possiblity of the SUVCW getting involved in this project. After discussing within the Department and at our annual encampment we meet with Dave at the site itself to survey the scope of work. We are in the process of putting together a proposed breakdown of the schedule of work for his group. We will set-up a website to keep everyone up to date. Please come back.