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Fraternity, Charity, & Loyalty
The Col. James D. Brady Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) seeks to preserve the memory
of the titanic struggle to save the Republic from 1861 to 1865. The Brady Camp is perhaps the most well placed Camp in the entire nation for meeting this purpose. Eastern & Southeastern Virginia were at the strategic forefront of
the Civil War and the Brady Camp has the privilege of living in the shadow
of storied battlefields such as Williamsburg, Petersburg, Cold Harbor,
Richmond, and the historic naval battle of Hampton Roads. We preserve our hallowed past by participating in historical tours to deepen our own understanding of the war, conducting battlefield clean-ups, registering veteran graves,
honoring Union dead, and teaching the next generation
our history and the meaning of patriotism.
We cannot afford to lose this history. The American Civil War was the bloodiest conflict in the history of the United States. It's almost impossible for us to imagine the toll this war had on the nation. Over the course of four years almost three million Americans made war on each other. The end result was approximately 620,000 dead or roughly 2.5% of the entire population of the United States. A "Civil War Wall" of these 620,000 names would be 11 times longer than the Vietnam Wall! That percentage of death in today's population figures would equate to over six million deaths. We should never forget the staggering sacrifices of our forebearers. As President Abraham Lincoln declared in his Gettysburg Address:
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.