Bradbury Camp
 
 
Remembrance Day 2015
Photo courtesy of R. Brooks.

 Camp News: 

2016 Fairview Cemetery Flag Program Pictures are posted here.
2015 Bradbury Camp Ceremony at Sailor's Creek, VA are posted here.
2014 Gettysburg Work and Play Day Pictures are posted here.
A page listing our past camp officers has been added here.
An article about the founding of GAR Bradbury Post #149 has been added here.
2013 Marshallton Living History Event Pictures are posted here.
2013 Camp Elder Historic Marker Dedication Ceremony Pictures are posted on the Brandywine Valley Civil War Round Table's web site: click here.
2013 Fairview Cemetery Flag Program Pictures are posted here.
2012 Gettysburg Work and Play Day Pictures are posted here.

SUVCW

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is a patriotic and educational organization dedicated to honoring the soldiers who fought to preserve the Union. We also proudly honor all veterans who have faithfully served our great country throughout history to the present day.

Membership

Despite the organization's name, most of us are actually great, ... , great grandsons of Civil War soldiers. However, men who do not have the ancestry to qualify for hereditary membership may become associate members. For more information, contact one of the Bradbury Camp Officers listed below. Details are also available on the Membership Eligibility and Application page of the National SUVCW web site.

Bradbury Camp

Bradbury Camp #149 primarily serves both Chester and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania. However, there are no geographical restrictions and membership is open to individuals residing in other counties and states. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month, September through June, at 7:00 PM at the West Chester Municipal Building, 401 E. Gay St., West Chester, PA. A typical meeting consists of a business session during which we discuss and prepare for upcoming events and ceremonies. For a list of scheduled events, scroll down to the bottom of this page. Following the business session, we often have a speaker give a presentation on a topic related to the Civil War.

Our Camp is named for Sergeant Jones Bradbury. Sgt. Bradbury was a resident of Delaware County when he enlisted in the 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (PVI). He was wounded in 1863, but recovered and returned to active duty. His enlistment was completed in May 1864, but he re-enlisted for the duration of the war in the 99th PVI. He was subsequently captured and imprisoned at Andersonville, but was later paroled and again returned to his unit. He was mortally wounded on April 6, 1865, just 3 days before the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia surrendered at Appomattox. To read a more complete overview of his story, see the Life of Jones Bradbury page.

Some of the Camp's members wear re-enactor's uniforms, but many do not. Optionally, members may join a ceremonial, uniformed, military component of the SUVCW, known as the Sons of Veterans Reserve (SVR). More details on the SVR are given below.

Additionally, there is an associate organization for women known as the Sgt. Jones Bradbury Auxiliary #149 to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. More details on the Bradbury Auxiliary are given below.

Camp Officers

Commander: Donald Stow   ( stower2k@netscape.net )
Senior Vice Commander: Dan Cashin   ( dcsckp@aol.com )
Junior Vice Commander: Bob McGonigle   ( bobmcgonigle167@gmail.com )
Secretary/Treasurer: Jim Lawler   ( dtownjim@comcast.net )
Council: William Ogden; Steve L. Parsons; Brian Lefko
Chaplain: Joseph Boyce
Patriotic Instructor: James Caron
Guide: Michael O'Neal
Graves Registration: William Ogden   ( wogden1942@comcast.net )
Historian: Clyde Tinklepaugh, PCC
Civil War Memorials: Andy Lefko, PCC   ( lefko94@verizon.net )

For a list of past camp officers, click here.

SVR

The Sons of Veterans Reserve component of Bradbury Camp #149 is known as Co. B, 26th PVI and is led by Captain Andy Lefko. The unit was created to provide a color guard for all ceremonies, parades and living history programs that the Bradbury Camp organizes or participates in. The unit is not a re-enactment organization, although some our members participate in such events.

If you are interested in becoming a member or wish to request that our unit particpates in an upcoming event, please contact Andy Lefko at lefko94@verizon.net

Auxiliary

An Auxiliary unit strives to assist the Sons of Union Veterans in keeping alive the memories of our ancestors and their sacrifices for the maintenance of the Union. The Bradbury Auxiliary is led by President Roberta Seiler. If you would like more information, please contact Roberta at rhs330z@aol.com

2017 Events

Jan 11, Wed, Annual Camp Planning Meeting, West Chester Municipal Building, 7 PM
Jan 18, Wed, Camp Meeting, West Chester Municipal Building, 7 PM
Annual Installation of Camp Officers
     
Feb 13, Mon, Union League Lincoln Day Celebration & Parade, 11 AM - 3 PM (Parade at 1:45)
Feb 15, Wed, Camp Meeting, West Chester Municipal Building, 7 PM
Speaker: Mark Grimm as Brevet Major General John F. Hartranft, USV
Topic: Imprisonment, Trial and Execution of the Lincoln Conspirators
Feb 18, Sat, PA Dept Lincoln Luncheon, US Army Heritage Center, Carlisle, PA
     
Mar 15, Wed, Camp Meeting, West Chester Municipal Building, 7 PM
     
Apr 08, Sat, Thornbury Historical Society Breakfast / Living History at Glen Mills Schools
Apr 09, Sun, Sgt. Jones Bradbury Memorial Ceremony, Resurrection Episcopal Church, Aston, PA
Apr 19, Wed, Camp Meeting, West Chester Municipal Building, 7 PM
     
May 17, Wed, Camp Meeting, West Chester Municipal Building, 7 PM
May 18, Thu, Fairview Cemetery Flag Program, 6 PM
May 20, Sat, Gettysburg Work & Play Day, 10:00 AM at 109th PVI Monument
May 28, Sun, Marshallton Memorial Day Parade, step off at 1:30 PM
May 29, Mon, Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade, muster at 9 AM
     
Jun 04, Sun, Malvern Memorial Day Parade, step off at 1:30 PM
Jun 10, Sat, Separation Day Parade, New Castle, DE
Jun 21, Wed, Camp Meeting, West Chester Municipal Building, 7 PM
Jun 22-24, Thu-Sat, PA Dept. Allied Orders Encampment
     
Jul 04, Tue, Norwood PA Independence Day Parade, 8:30 AM
Jul 15, Sat, Annual Black Powder Shoot, Honey Brook, 10:00 AM
     
Aug 10-13, Thu-Sun, National SUVCW Encampment, Springfield, IL
     
Sep 16, Sat, Westtown Township Civil War Encampment, 10 AM - 2 PM
Sep 20, Wed, Camp Meeting, West Chester Municipal Building, 7 PM
Sep 23, Sat, Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day, 11 AM - 5 PM, muster at 10 AM
     
Oct 07, Sat, Gettysburg Work & Play Day, 109th PVI Monument, 10 AM
Oct 18, Wed, Camp Meeting, West Chester Municipal Building, 7 PM
     
Nov 05, Sun, West Chester Veterans Day Parade, muster at Henderson High School at 1:30 PM
Nov 10, Fri, Lionville Middle School Veterans Day Assembly, 8 AM
Nov 15, Wed, Camp Meeting, West Chester Municipal Building, 7 PM
Nov 18, Sat, Gettysburg Remembrance Day
     
Dec 06, Wed, Christmas Social, Beaver Run Knoll Clubhouse, starting at 6 PM