In 1866, Union Veterans of the Civil War organized into the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and became a social and political force that would control the destiny of the nation for more than six decades. Membership in the veterans' organization was restricted to individuals who had served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Revenue Cutter Service during the Civil War, thereby limiting the life span of the GAR. The GAR existed until 1956.

In 1881 the GAR formed the Sons of Veterans of the United States of America (SV) to carry on its traditions and memory long after the GAR had ceased to exist. Membership was open to any man who could prove ancestry to a member of the GAR or to a veteran eligible for membership in the GAR. In later years, men who did not have the ancestry to qualify for hereditary membership, but who demonstrated a genuine interest in the Civil War and could subscribe to the purpose and objectives of the SUVCW, were admitted as Associates. This practice continues today.

On May 15, 1883 The Department of Connecticut became the fifth Department to become organized with Colonel William H. Pierpont as its first Commander. Today the Department of Connecticut consists of six camps. We are active and always seeking people with a tie to or love of the Civil War to join our adventure. We support ongoing Civil War and patriotic programs and projects throughout the State of Connecticut, and we participate in National Events.


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