U. S. Grant Camp, No. 68: Activities


U.S. Grant in St. Louis

Mission and Objectives

Membership Info

Camp Officers

Calendar of Events

Projects and Activities

Historical Information


Important News



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Camp's Projects and Activities

Each year, the Grant Camp seeks out and restores Civil War markers, gravesites and memorials, and monuments to the Grand Army of the Republic. To gain a better understanding of the depth of camp activities, some of the highlights are presented in this camp “scrapbook”. In addition to the camp projects, camp members also participate in Lincoln Death Day and Memorial Day ceremonies, work with local Boy Scout troops and provide presentations to schools and the general public on the Civil War and its soldiers. The following is a list of projects the Grant Camp has committed to work over the years, along with ongoing initiatives established by the National organization and supported by the Grant Camp.

                                                                                         Past Events

2/25          Jefferson Barracks Swap Meet

2/26          Sherman Remembrance Day

4/14           Lincoln Remembrance Day, Springfield, IL.  Brother Petrovic in charge

4?               Camp gives out 3 Jr ROTC awards: Lafayette, Marquette & University City HS

5/28          Memorial Day, Jefferson Barracks, Camp Sponsored

5/28          Member & C-in-C Don Palmer speaks at Memorial Day, Arlington Cemetery, VA

6/2            Department Encampment, Ste. Genevieve

6/23         Camp Members help start Capt. Spradling Camp, Fort Smith, AR

7/21         Grant Remembrance Day – US Grant NHS, White Haven.  Camp sponsored.

8/8-11      National Encampment, Los Angeles CA

8/18-19    Battle of Lone Jack, MO – Camp Member in Honor Guard

10/5          Central Region Allied Orders Conference, Springfield, IL, Camp Sponsored

11/3          Wildwood MO – Tombstone Ceremonies for two GAR members, Camp Sponsored

11/10        St. Louis Veteran’s Day Parade

11/11        Perry County Historical Society Military Museum Grand Opening, Perryville, MO

11/15        Jefferson Barracks, Wreaths Across America

11/17       Members at Gettysburg Address Remembrance Day. Member Petrovic  co-chairs

2/27          Sherman Remembrance Day, Calvary Cemetery 
4/16          Lincoln Remembrance Day – Springfield, IL

4?               Jr ROTC Awards Presented at Marquette and Lafayette High Schools

5/10          Camp Jackson Remembrance Day, Camp Sponsored SUVCW Sesquicentennial Event

5/30          Memorial Day, Jefferson Barracks

6/4            Department Encampment, Columbia, MO

6/14          Inks Cemetery Clean-Up
6/19          Gravesite Ceremony, Mexico, MO

7/3-4         Old Courthouse Civil War Days St Louis – SUV Recruiting Station

7/9-10       Ste Genevieve 150th Sesquicentennial with Plaque Dedication

7/12           St James Camp Meeting, Walt gave talk on Pilot Knob battle

7/16-17     Battle of Wentzville Sesquicentennial Event

7/23           White Haven. Speaker at US Grant Death Day Ceremony. Several Members

7/30           Ironton. US Grant 150th Celebration for Receiving General Star. US Grant Camp               
                     Sesquicentennial Event. Grant Family member in attendance.

8/6-7          Fort D, Cape Girardeau Sesquicentennial

8/10           Wilson's Creek SUVCW Sesquicentennial  Event

8/11-13      Reston VA. National Encampment.  Member Don Palmer elected C-in-C.

9/9-10        Fort Benton, Patterson MO Gravesite Memorial Ceremony

9/23           Poplar Bluff to Initiate Real Son of A Union Soldier,  Hilbert Gramelspacher.

9/24           Herman Mo Reenactment

10/1-          Central Region Allied Orders Conference, Parke Co, IN.  Member Petrovic elected

10/8            SUVCW Sesquicentennial Event,  Carondelet, Fake Cannon Monument

10/29         Roast for C-in-C Don Palmer in Ste. Genevieve

11/19          Members at Remembrance Day ,Gettysburg, PA 
11/22-23     Attend Funeral of Past Sherman Camp Commander Charles Funck


3/6                Camp member helps organize McPherson Camp #1 in Little Rock, AR

4/17              Lincoln Remembrance Day in Springfield, IL – Member, Bob Petrovic heads event

5/31              Memorial Day - Jefferson Barracks, Camp Sponsored

6/5                 Department Encampment, Kansas City, MO

7/24               US Grant NHS, White Haven 125th Remembrance Grant’s passing.  Camp    

7/24               Grant Monument Ironton, MO 125th.  Camp sponsored SUVCW Sesquicentennial 
                         Event.  Members of the Grant Family were present.

8/12-14         National Encampment, Overland Park, KS

9/18               Affton Days Parade

9/25-26         Battle of Pilot Knob Reenactment

10/2               Camp sponsors Central Region Allied Orders Conference in Farmington
11/19              Gettysburg Address Remembrance Day, Gettysburg, PA


2/21                Jefferson Barracks Swap Meet, Grant Shelter

2/22                Sherman Day Ceremony, Calvary Cemetery

3/6-7               SUV-RVers Assist on Archaeological Dig near Butler MO

3/21                 Department Meeting, State Capital, Jefferson City, MO

4/18                 Lincoln Graveside Remembrance Day, Springfield, IL

4/25                 Inks Cemetery, Eureka, MO Clean-Up

5/25                  Memorial Day Jefferson Barracks

6/12                  1st Day Dept Encampment, Holiday Inn,Hampton Ave. St Louis

6/13                  Department Encampment

7/1                     McCormick Camp Mtg for July 4 Monument Dedication

8/13-15            National Encampment, Louisville KY

9/27                  DUV Monument Dedication at Centralia Battlefield

10                       SUV Eagle Scout certificate presentation Manchester, MO

10/3                   Central Region Association conference, Kokomo IN

10/24                SUV Dept meeting in Jefferson City

11/21                 Rembrance Day, Gettysburg, PA


2/24                   Sherman Day, Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, MO

3/22                   Department Meeting State Capital, Jefferson City, MO

4/12                   Lincoln Remembrance Day, Springfield, IL

5/26                   Memorial Day Ceremonies, Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO

6/7                      Department Encampment, Butler Hill Road Holiday Inn, St. Louis, MO

8/8-10               National SUV Encampment, Boston, Mass.

10/4                   Central Region Allied Orders Conference, Butler Hill Holiday Inn, St. Louis, MO

Past Events

L-R Don Palmer, Walt Busch, National C-In-C James Pahl, Gary Scheel, and Bob Petrovic at the 2006 National Encampment Banquet in Harrisburg, PA on Aug 11 & 12, 2006.

June 16, 2007 U.S. Grant National Historic Site, White Haven. Visitor Center Grand Opening

June 23, 2007 Attended SVR School of the Piece Artillery Training at Jefferson Barracks

June 30, 2007 Grave Dedication for John C. Reeder, 3rd MSM Co. A/L, Little Vine Cemetery, Ste. Genevieve Co.

July 21, 2007 Inks Cemetery, Eureka, MO - Clean up Day

Aug 9-11, 2007 National Encampment, St. Louis Frontenac Hilton

Sep 14, 2007 Captain Constantin Blandowski's Memorial Dedication, Jefferson Barracks Cemetery. First Union Line officer KIA in Civil War

Sep 22, 2007 Battle of Pilot Knob Re-enactment.

Oct 6, 2007 Allied Orders Central Region Association Meeting & Tours. Visited Gov. Lane Mansion and the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum

Oct 14, 2007 Battle of Blackwell Station (Jefferson Co.) Monument Dedication

Oct 15, 2007 Real Son - Cpl Geo Williams 96th Birthday Party in Granite City nursing home.

Oct 20, 2007 Attended Monument Dedication at Hunnewell, MO. Restoration of marker to US Grant's first combat of the Civil War at Salt River.

Oct 27, 2007 Department Meeting at White Haven.

Nov 4, 2007 Franklin Lefler Grave Dedication Memorial Service sponsored by McCormick Camp.Shirley, Mo.

Nov 10, 2007 Throckmorton Cemetery, Wildwood, MO. GAR Dedication of 2 Graves.

Nov 10, 2007 Elm St. Park, Webster Groves, Mo., DAR WW1 Stone Memorial

Nov 11, 2007 Quniette Cemetery, Kirkwood, MO. Dedication Memorial to 5 African-American C Soldiers.

Nov 19, 2007 Gettysburg, PA -- Remembrance Day & SVR Breakfast.

Dec 8, 2007 SVR Ceremony for Henry Williams Grave marker. Jeff, Mo.(Near Thayer)

30 September 2006: Civil War Soldier Grave Dedication -Manchester United Methodist Church, Manchester, Mo.

18 November: Gettysburg National Cemetery Anniversary, 2006 & 7 Gettysburg, Pa.

9 December: Annual Dinner Meeting & Swearing in New Officers (Frontenac Hilton)

Other Past Events:

Renovation of the Post and Exchange Building at Jefferson Barracks, 2003-2004

Leading Role in Founding, The Missouri Civil War Museum at Jefferson Barracks.  2002-2004

Sappington Cemetery Clean-Up, April 24, 1999

 Odd Fellows Cemetery Refurbishment and Re-Dedication

 GAR Post Restoration

 Lincoln Death Day, Annually

 Memorial Day Ceremonies, Annually

 Missouri Civil War/GAR Monuments

 Union Army Graves Registration

April-May 2005  Work restoring and rededication LaGrange Union-Confederate Monument.

Burial of Last Union Soldier John Byrne - Memphis, Mo. May, 2005

Inks Cemetery  -  Plaque placement at Major Inks Grave, May, 2005

Sgt. Hinterberger's Tombstone Replacement Belleville IL Cemetery, Nov 2005

Colonel Payne's new tombstone dedication, Bellefontaine Cemetery, Fall 2005

Sherman Day Ceremony - Calvary Cemetery - St. Louis, Mo. 2006

Civil War Boot Camp for Children - Pilot Knob, Mo. 2006

Lincoln Day Ceremony - Lincoln Grave, Springfield, Il. 2006

 Department of Missouri Meeting  - Jefferson City, Mo. 2006

Cemetery Clean-up & Soldier Grave Registration Date - LaGrange, Mo. 2006

Memorial Day Celebration - Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Mo. 2006

Missouri Department Annual Encampment - Holiday Inn, Butler Hill 2006
Rd, St. Louis, Mo.

 Grant Camp Meeting & Bar-B-Que  - Member Dwight Prade's House. 2006

 Nightwalk, US Grant Home - Whitehaven, St. Louis, Mo. 2006

National Encampment, Harrisburg, Pa. 2006


Background MIDI music, "We Are Coming Father Abraham", by Benjamin Robert Tubb.


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