The impact of Civil War round tables is profound. They provide a link to that struggle. There are other groups that are part of this tradition, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War being one of them. Descended from the fabled Grand Army of the Republic, the SUVCW has a number of active camps here in Maine. My son Jon and I recently were inducted into the Corporal Samuel Cobb Camp based in Rockport. Jon and I share the Civil War service of James Whiting, my 2x great grandfather, of the 2nd Minnesota. Jon is also fortunate to have the added connection of Elijah Trelease, his 5x great uncle, of the 2nd New Jersey. We look forward to another avenue to honor our ancestors’ commitment to the Union as the American experiment continues.

Mike Bell
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