The Department of the Chesapeake Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of heroes who fought and worked to save the Union.   The Department of the Chesapeake was issued its charter in 1887 and currently has camps in Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. 

 To view a short orientation and information PowerPoint presentation about the SUVCW and the Department of the Chesapeake click the Link below.

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The Civil War Site of the Month for July is the Battle of 1st Bull Run (Manassas)

The First Battle of Bull Run (the name used by Union forces), also known as the Battle of First Manassas[1] (the name used by Confederate forces), was the first major battle of the American Civil War. The battle was fought on July 21, 1861, in Prince William County, Virginia, just north of the city of Manassas and about 30 miles west-southwest of Washington, D.C. The Union's forces were slow in positioning themselves, allowing Confederate reinforcements time to arrive by rail. Each side had about 18,000 poorly trained and poorly led troops in their first battle. It was a Confederate victory, followed by a disorganized retreat of the Union forces.

Just months after the start of the war at Fort Sumter, the Northern public clamored for a march against the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, which was expected to bring an early end to the Confederacy. Yielding to political pressure, Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell led his unseasoned Union Army across Bull Run against the equally inexperienced Confederate Army of Brig. Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard camped near Manassas Junction. McDowell's ambitious plan for a surprise flank attack on the Confederate left was poorly executed; nevertheless, the Confederates, who had been planning to attack the Union left flank, found themselves at an initial disadvantage.

Confederate reinforcements under Brig. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston arrived from the Shenandoah Valley by railroad, and the course of the battle quickly changed. A brigade of Virginians under the relatively unknown brigadier general from the Virginia Military InstituteThomas J. Jackson, stood its ground, which resulted in Jackson receiving his famous nickname, "Stonewall". The Confederates launched a strong counterattack, and as the Union troops began withdrawing under fire, many panicked and the retreat turned into a rout. McDowell's men frantically ran without order in the direction of Washington, D.C.

Both armies were sobered by the fierce fighting and the many casualties and realized that the war was going to be much longer and bloodier than either had anticipated. The First Battle of Bull Run highlighted many of the problems and deficiencies that were typical of the first year of the war. Units were committed piecemeal, attacks were frontal, infantry failed to protect exposed artillery, tactical intelligence was minimal, and neither commander was able to employ his whole force effectively. McDowell, with 35,000 men, could commit only about 18,000, and the combined Confederate forces, with about 32,000 men, also committed 18,000.[

 


Recent  Significant General Orders of the Commander-in-Chief SUVCW (A full list can be found at www.suvcw.org under the Governance Tab) 
General Order No. 14 2020-2021 - Lobbying.pdf General Order No. 14 2020-2021 - Lobbying.pdf
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Special Announcements

The DePartment of the Chesapeake is pleased to announce the election of its officers for the year April 2021 - April 2022

Department Commander - Roger Leturno

Department Senior Vice Commander -    Brian Horgan

Department Junior Vice Commander - George (Tommy) Chapman

HE COMMANDE-IN CHIEF HAS ISSUED HIS GENERAL ORDER #14, WHICH OUTLINES THE PROCEDURES AND REGULATIONS PURSUENT TO CONDUCTING  LOBBYING EFFORTS ON ISSUES PERTAINING TO THE PURPOSES AND AND MISSION OF THE SUVCW.  INDIVIDUAL BROTHERS OF THE ORDER, CAMPS, DEPARTMENTS, OR SVR UNITS WISHING TO  UNDERTAKE LOBBYING EFFORTS AT THE LOCAL, STATE, AND NATIONAL LEVELS   ARE DIRECTED / INSTRUCTED TO READ THE GENERAL ORDER AND FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES WITHIN IT.   THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF HAS ISSUED HIS GENERAL ORDER #13 WHICH REQUIRES DEPARTMENTS AND CAMPS HOLDING REAL PROPERTY TO HAVE IT INSURED FOR LIABILITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE LAW

Current Department Newsletters
Chesapeake Gazette Spring 2021.pdf Chesapeake Gazette Spring 2021.pdf
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Attention to Current Department Orders /Advisories / Memos:
Department Commander Roger Leturno Series 2021 -2022
Department Order No 8 (20210712).pdf Department Order No 8 (20210712).pdf
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Department Order No 7 (20210708).pdf Department Order No 7 (20210708).pdf
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Department Order No 6 (20210519).pdf Department Order No 6 (20210519).pdf
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Department Order No 4 (20210417).pdf Department Order No 4 (20210417).pdf
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Department Order No 3 (20210417).pdf Department Order No 3 (20210417).pdf
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Department Order No 2 (20210417).pdf Department Order No 2 (20210417).pdf
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Department Order No 1 (20210417).pdf Department Order No 1 (20210417).pdf
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Older pertinent Department Advisories which remain in effect