Bradbury Camp
 
 
Commander McGonigle Addresses the Camp
Photo courtesy of R. Brooks.

 Camp News: 

Our meetings are now held at the American Legion Post 134 at 305 E. Gay St. in West Chester.
2018 Installation of Officers Pictures are posted here.
2017 New Castle Separation Day Parade Picture is posted here.
An article about the 2017 Fairview Cemetery Flag Program is posted here.
2017 Annual Sgt. Jones Bradbury Ceremony Pictures are posted here.
2017 Lincoln Day Ceremony & Parade Pictures are posted here.
2016 Fairview Cemetery Flag Program Pictures are posted here.
2015 Bradbury Camp Ceremony at Sailor's Creek, VA 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.

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 American Legion Post 134, 305 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: Bob McGonigle   ( bobmcgonigle167@gmail.com )
Senior Vice Commander: James Caron   ( jcaron1376@verizon.net )
Junior Vice Commander: Dan Cashin   ( dcsckp@aol.com )
Secretary/Treasurer: Jim Lawler   ( dtownjim@comcast.net )
Council: Steve L. Parsons; Brian Lefko; Don Stow
Chaplain: Joseph Boyce
Patriotic Instructor:  
Guide: Michael O'Neal
Graves Registration: Bob McGonigle   ( bobmcgonigle167@gmail.com )
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

2018 Events

Jan 10, Wed, Annual Camp Planning Meeting, American Legion, 305 E Gay St, 7 PM
Jan 17, Wed, Camp Meeting, American Legion, 305 E Gay St, 7 PM
Annual Installation of Camp Officers
     
Feb 10, Sat, PA Dept Lincoln Luncheon, Williams Restaurant, Easton, PA
Feb 12, Mon, Union League Lincoln Day Celebration & Parade, 10 AM
Feb 21, Wed, Camp Meeting, American Legion, 305 E Gay St, 7 PM
     
Mar 24, Sat, Thornbury Historical Society Breakfast / Living History at Glen Mills Schools
Mar 28, Wed, Camp Meeting, American Legion, 305 E Gay St, 7 PM
     
Apr 14, Sat, Pennsylvania Veterans Museum Tour, Media, 10 AM
Apr 18, Wed, Camp Meeting, American Legion, 305 E Gay St, 7 PM
Apr 28, Sat, Gettysburg Work & Play Day, 10:00 AM at 109th PVI Monument
     
May 16, Wed, Camp Meeting, American Legion, 305 E Gay St, 7 PM
Presentation by Bruce Mowday
May 17, Thu, Fairview Cemetery Flag Program & Ogden Graveside Ceremony, 6 PM
May 27, Sun, Marshallton Memorial Day Parade, step off at 1:30 PM
May 28, Mon, Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade, muster at 9 AM
     
Jun 03, Sun, Malvern Memorial Day Parade, step off at 1:30 PM
Jun 20, Wed, Camp Meeting, American Legion, 305 E Gay St, 7 PM
Presentation by LtCol David Kelly, USMC, Retired
Jun 21-23, Thu-Sat, PA Dept. Allied Orders Encampment
     
Jul 04, Wed, Norwood PA Independence Day Parade, 8:30 AM
Jul 14, Sat, Annual Black Powder Shoot, Honey Brook, 10:00 AM
     
Sep 15, Sat, Gettysburg Work & Play Day, 109th PVI Monument, 10 AM
Sep 19, Wed, Camp Meeting, American Legion, 305 E Gay St, 7 PM
Sep 22, Sat, Info/Recruiting table at Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day
     
Oct 07, Sun, Westtown Township Civil War Encampment, 11 AM - 3 PM
Oct 17, Wed, Camp Meeting, American Legion, 305 E Gay St, 7 PM
Oct 20, Sat, Marshallton Fall Festival, 5 PM, muster at 4:30 PM
     
Nov 11, Sun, Media Veterans Day Parade
Nov 17, Sat, Gettysburg Remembrance Day
Nov 21, Wed, Camp Meeting, American Legion, 305 E Gay St, 7 PM
     
Dec 05, Wed, Christmas Social, Beaver Run Knoll Clubhouse, starting at 6 PM
Dec 16, Sat, Wreaths Across America, Paoli Battlefield, 10:30 AM