Established 2003

Brady Camp History & Past Events

Eagle Scout Award

15 August 2019

Chase Bennett and Brady Camp Brother I. C. Smith

Chase Bennett (second from right) receiving his Eagle Scout badge underwater. His younger brother (and future Eagle Scout) Griffin Bennett, who gave him his badge, is third from the right. Their father, Jonathan Bennett, who too, is an Eagle Scout, is holding the flag.

Brady Camp Brother I. C. Smith presented his grandson Chase Warren Bennett with a SUVCW certificate of recognition for his attaining his Eagle Scout badge. Chase is a member of Nokesville, Virginia Boy Scout Troop 671. The project that allowed him to earn his Eagle Scout designation was designing and building a nature trail and outdoor classroom near the Glenkirk Elementary School in Gainesville, Virginia. He completed the project on a snowy winter day earlier this year, but the Scout Council delayed his award. This allowed him to be "penned" while participating in a Boy Scout outing at the Scout's Sea Base near Isle de Morada, Florida where he actually received the award while underwater during an underwater outing.

 

Chase graduated from Patriot High School in Prince William County, Virginia and will attend George Mason University this fall, studying Information Systems and Operations Management.

Petersburg Battlefield Tours

May 11, 2019


Brady Camp brother Doug Blake led fellow camp members and their families on a tour of Reams Station and Globe Tavern battlefields. These battles were part of the Union siege of Petersburg, Virginia which began in 1864. 


Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Medal Presentations

May - June 2019

2019 was another exceptional year with respect to JROTC awards, with the camp making 16 presentations in all. Numerous brothers graciously lent their time to bestow our SUVCW award on deserving high school cadets. The following are those who eagerly volunteered, as well as the schools they helped to support:

Tim Ahlgrim: B. T. Washington HS, Granby HS, Maury HS, Lake Taylor HS, and Norview HS Navy JROTC (Norfolk), Churchland HS Marine JROTC (Portsmouth), I. C. Norcom HS Navy JROTC (Portsmouth)

Kenny Bage: Hopewell HS Army JROTC (Hopewell)

Albert Burckard: Smithfield HS Army JROTC, (Smithfield)

Bill Butler: Menchville HS Air Force JROTC (Newport News) and Hampton HS Air Force JROTC, (Hampton)

Steve Von Hitritz: King & Queen Central HS Army JROTC (King & Queen Court House)

Jason Fite: Landstown HS Navy JROTC (Virginia Beach), Salem HS Navy JROTC (Virginia Beach), Oscar Smith HS Air Force JROTC (Chesapeake)

Eric Kirk: Woodrow Wilson HS Army JROTC (Portsmouth)


Williamsburg Battlefield Association Park Day

April 6, 2019

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (right) and Sons of the Confederacy (left) at the 2019 Williamsburg Battlefield Association's Annual Park Day. Approximately 30 volunteers showed up to help clean-up this historic battlefield.


Hollywood Cemetery & Belle Isle Tour

March 30, 2019

Members of the Col. James D. Brady Camp gathered in Richmond for a tour of historic Hollywood Cemetery provided by brother Doug Blake. Hollywood Cemetery contains thousands of Confederate graves to include General George Pickett and General J.E.B. Stuart. The cemetery also includes the graves of U.S. Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and a few Union soldiers. 


The group then transited to the American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar in order to walk to Belle Isle. This location was the site of a Prisoner of War (POW) camp during the Civil War. Approximately 1,000 Federal troops perished at the site to include two of Brady Camp brother Jason Fite's 3rd great-granduncles. The Col. James D. Brady and Irish Brigade Camps placed a plaque at the site a few years ago to honor our fallen heroes.


Annual Camp Meeting & Elections

November 17, 2018

The Camp held its annual meeting on Saturday, November 17th at the Freemason Abbey Restaurant in Norfolk. The gathering was very well attended with 14 camp brothers present. Officers of the camp were elected for the next year, as listed below. The camp also formally approved a donation to the Wreaths-Across-America commemoration at the Richmond National Cemetery in December 2018 and voted to raise dues as described below. Following the formal business session, Ms. JoAnn Meaker gave an outstanding presentation on her efforts at capturing and sharing the stories of Union soldiers buried in the Richmond National Cemetery. The final segment of the day's event was a very informative tour of historic Fort Norfolk led by Norfolk Historical Society volunteer John Lindberg.


Brady Camp Business Meeting

September 8, 2018

The Camp met at Two Drummers Smokehouse in Toano, Virginia to discuss several items to include the annual camp meeting in November 2018. Brother Lou Mosier concluded the meeting with a fascinating presentation on the Civil War in California.

James River Battlefields Tour

June 30, 2018

Brother Doug Blake led a battlefield tour of Point of Rocks and Bermuda Hundred and hosted a fellowship luncheon.


Memorial Day at Cold Harbor National Cemetery

May 28, 2018

The camp conducted its annual Memorial Day observance at the Cold Harbor National Cemetery near Mechanicsville, Virginia. The event started at 11am and was attended by a total of 25 brothers, reenactors and guests. Camp Commander Butler officiated and was assisted by Brothers Ahlgrim and Mosier. Following a rededication of the Union monuments at the cemetery, Brother Don Wells commanded an honor guard consisting of reenactors of the 64th New York Volunteer Infantry to render a volley salute. The ceremony concluded with a bugle rendition of Taps. After the official proceedings, the attendees decorated the graves with flowers donated by Sun Trust Bank of Richmond. Overall, the event went very well and was another memorable gathering for the camp and guests.


Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Medal Presentations

April - May 2018

2018 was an exceptional year with respect to ROTC awards, with the camp making 11 presentations in all. Numerous brothers graciously lent their time to bestow our SUVCW award on deserving high school cadets. The following are those who eagerly volunteered, as well as the schools they helped to support:

Tim Ahlgrim: B. T. Washington HS, Granby HS, Maury HS, Lake Taylor HS, and Norview HS Navy JROTC (Norfolk)

Doug Blake: Hopewell HS Army JROTC, (Hopewell)

Albert Burckard: Smithfield HS Army JROTC, (Smithfield)

Bill Butler: Menchville HS, (Newport News) and Hampton HS Air Force JROTC, (Hampton)

Lou Mosier: Nansemond River HS Air Force JROTC, (Suffolk)

Steve Von Hitritz: Deep Run HS Air Force JROTC, (Glen Allen)


Annual Business Meeting & Officer Elections

January 27, 2018

The camp held its annual business meeting at the Colonial Kitchen restaurant in New Kent Courthouse, Virginia. The meeting included an induction ceremony for two new camp members, Timothy Oksman and Timothy Alghrim.

Memorial Day at Cold Harbor National Cemetery

May 29, 2017

The camp conducted its annual Memorial Day observance at the Cold Harbor National Cemetery near Mechanicsville, Virginia. The event was attended by nine camp brothers, supported by an Honor Guard with reenactors from the 64th New York Volunteer Infantry, and ten guests from the general public. The camp rededicated the cemetery's monuments to the memory of Union soldiers lost and buried at Cold Harbor and in honor of fallen members of the Irish Brigade. The Honor Guard fired a volley salute and conducted a retreat ceremony. Afterward, the camp invited guests and participants to place flowers on the graves of Union veterans and enjoy refreshments.

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Medal Presentations

May 2017

At an Air Force Junior ROTC awards banquet on May 12th, Camp Patriotic Instructor William Butler presented an SUVCW medal to Cadet Yoon-Ah Cho of Menchville High School in Newport News, Virginia. Later on May 18th, Brother Butler presented a medal to Cadet Antonio Johnson during a ceremony at Hampton High School. The camp also sent an award to Cadet Joshua Thompson of Nansemond High School.


Fort Alexander Hays Work Project

November 12, 2016

Brady Camp brothers gathered on Veteran's Day weekend at Fort Alexander Hays on the Petersburg line, where the camp undertakes a running service project by maintaining the fort for the City of Petersburg. Having sprayed herbicide on the overgrowth a few months earlier, the Camp hacked, sawed, clipped, raked and cleared brush from the earthworks. A few of the happy helpers are pictured here with their "implements of destruction." Following the work, the Camp was led on an excellent tour of the western part of the Petersburg line by Brother Doug Blake.

Cancellation of Annual Memorial Day Observance

May 30, 2016

The camp had planned to conduct its annual Memorial Day observance at the Cold Harbor National Cemetery near Mechanicsville, Virginia. Unfortunately the event was canceled because of severe weather, and camp brothers were encouraged to observe the day at local cemeteries.


Battle of Williamsburg Tour

May 7, 2016

For its monthly meeting, the camp toured notable sites of the 1862 Battle of Williamsburg. This tour was led and conducted by Brother Tom Grund.


Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Medal Presentations

May 2016

At an Air Force Junior ROTC awards banquet on May 6th, Camp Patriotic Instructor William Butler presented a SUVCW medal to a Cadet of Menchville High School in Newport News, Virginia. The camp also sent an award to Cadet Robert Gardner of Nansemond High School.


Petersburg Tour & Camp Honors Namesake

March 2016

After a tour of the eastern front of the Petersburg line, the Brady Camp paid their respects at the grave of Colonel Brady, our camp namesake, located in Saint Joseph's Cemetery.


Annual Business Meeting & Officer Elections

January 16, 2016

The camp held its annual business meeting at Kelly's Tavern near the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake, Virginia. After the meeting, Camp Commander Mosier presented information on the Union Army's activities in Great Bridge, and then led a tour for interested brothers of the Battle of Great Bridge (a small but strategically significant Revolutionary War battle which occurred adjacent to the camp's meeting location).


Camp Tours & Meetings

June through October 2015

The Brady Camp conducted a business meeting in June at the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk. Upon completion of official business (which included the installation of several new Brothers), Chris Kolakowski, Director of the MacArthur Memorial and Civil War author, spoke to the Brady Brothers on the Stones River Campaign and its importance to the Union war effort. After his talk, Mr. Kolakowski gave the Camp a special viewing of Civil War artifacts from Gen. Douglas MacArthur's father, Col. Arthur MacArthur, 24th Wisconsin Infantry. The "Boy Colonel" was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Missionary Ridge. In July, Brothers of the Brady Camp met at Pamplin Historic Park to tour the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, visit the Field Fortifications exhibit, and walk the Breakthrough Trail. For its October meeting, the camp toured Lee Hall Mansion in Newport News, which was the only large antebellum plantation house remaining on the lower Virginia Peninsula.


Memorial Day at Hampton National Cemetery

May 30, 2015

The camp conducted its annual Memorial Day event at the main Hampton National Cemetery in Hampton, Virginia. The event was a special occasion marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and a rededication of the Union Soldier's Monument. The ceremony highlighted four Medal of Honor recipients that are interred in the national cemetery. The Brady Camp joined with members of the 99th New York Infantry Regiment, the only Union living history unit in the Hampton Roads area, to conduct the ceremony that featured poetic readings, music by a local brass soloist, and an Honor Guard volley salute.

Sailor's Creek Commemoration

April 4, 2015

The Brady Camp took part in a Civil War Sesquicentennial memorial service at Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park, organized by the Park Director, Mr. Chris Calkins (former NPS historian and noted Civil War author). The event included presentations on the leaders of the Union and Confederate forces who faced each other at the 1865 Battle of Sailor's Creek and a wreath presentation at the battlefield monument. After a speech by the Brady Camp Commander, who highlighted the contributions of our namesake unit (the 63rd NY Infantry, part of the famed "Irish Brigade") to this overwhelming Union victory, the Camp presented a beautiful wreath in honor of all Union Soldiers who gave their lives upon the battlefield, including 3 men of the 63rd New York. Following the ceremony, the Brothers listened to a concert of Civil War-related music and took a guided tour of the Sailor's Creek battlefield.


Naval Museum Tour

February 28, 2015

The camp toured the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. About half a dozen camp members were led through the Civil War section of the museum by a very knowledgeable docent, who shared some interesting stories about the events and pointed out some fascinating artifacts on display. The group then had more time to revisit some of the Civil War displays and see the rest of the exhibits on later eras.


Col. James D. Brady Camp #63 Established

December 22, 2003

The Col. James D. Brady Camp #63 was established on December 22, 2003 through the leadership of brothers Neil Hanlon and William Rose. The Camp was named for Col. James Brady, a native Virginian and Union hero of the Irish Brigade.