Peninsula Memorial Day Parade

June 1, 2015

Garfield Camp and Ohio Naval Brigade members Jon Silvis and Pete Hritsko joined the A.C. Voris Camp at Peninsula’s Memorial Day Parade.

Special thanks to Paul and Carol Huff for the photographs.

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Department of Ohio Encampment

May 16, 2015

On June 13th the Department of Ohio’s annual encampment will be held at the Hardin County Courthouse in Kenton.  For more information, including a schedule for the day, please visit the Department of Ohio’s website.

President Lincoln Ceremony

May 10, 2015

Garfield Camp Members Ken Freshley (Past National Commander in Chief) and Pete Hritsko (Junior Vice Commander of the Department of Ohio) participated in the ceremony honoring President Lincoln at Lincoln’s Tomb in Springfield, Illinois on April 11.

Ken Freshley and Pete Hritsko

Welcome to the Camp Gary Porter

February 25, 2015

The Garfield Camp would like to welcome Gary Porter to the camp.  Gary’s great-great-grandfather, George Milton Rabbit, served as a private in the 1st West Virginia Light Artillery .  He enlisted on August 30, 1862 and was honorably discharged on June 27, 1865.  Welcome to the camp Gary!

Photos from Recent Events

January 24, 2015

Here are some photos from recent events (special thanks to Judy Hritsko for the photographs):

On January 10 the Department of Ohio held its mid-winter meeting at the Hardin County Court House in Kenton.

Department Commander and Past Camp Commander Tim Graham is standing while Department Junior Vice-Commander and Camp Commander Pete Hritsko sits against the far wall.

Dept of Ohio Meeting



Here are also a couple of photos from the Garfield Camp’s Annual Meeting in December.

Camp Commander Pete Hritsko was sworn in by Past National Commander-in-Chief and Past Garfield Camp Commander Ken Freshley:

Commander Hritsko and Commander Freshley


Camp Commander Pete Hritsko presented Cindy Zerkowski,  President of the National Women’s Relief Corps, a donation:

Commander Hritsko and President Zerkowski


Welcome to our New Members!

December 16, 2014

The Garfield Camp would like to welcome Kenneth Wilford, Lance Beebe, William Kennedy and Gilbert Sanow to the Camp!

Kenneth’s ancestor was Edward Soden, who served as a quartermaster sergeant in the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry.

Lance’s great-great-grandfather was Corporal Jacob H. Weis of Company I, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry.

William’s great-great-grandfather, Ebenezer Hillis Kennedy, served as a Captain in Company F of the 10th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.

Gilbert had two great-great-grandfathers serve in the war.  Private Daniel Sanders served in Company I of the 203rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and Private Jacob Cassatt II was with Company C of the 74th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.


Photos from Recent Events

October 2, 2014

Below are some photographs from recent Garfield Camp events.  Special thanks to Pete Hritsko for the photographs.

Garfield Camp Members at Lawnfield

Garfield Camp members at Lawnfield, July 2014

2014 National Encampment

SUVCW National Officers at the 2014 National Encampment

Including Garfield Camp members Ken Freshley (Past National Commander-in-Chief)

and Pete Hritsko (National GAR Highway Officer)

Columbia Station Blockhouse Event

Garfield Camp members at the Columbia Station

Blockhouse, September 13, 2014

Private Spencer Headstone Dedication

Headstone Dedication for Private John Spencer,

LaGrange, September 27, 2014

(L-Bill Kennedy, Tim Graham, Ken Freshley, Pete Hritsko,

Jon Silvis, Alex Rankine, Rev. Jerome Lukachinsky)

Additional photographs of the dedication ceremony are available at

Eagle Scout Award

June 25, 2014

Congratulations to Samuel L. Darvas of Boy Scout Troop 178.  He was presented a Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War Eagle Scout Certificate on June 8.


SUVCW Eagle Scout Award

 Samuel Darvas and Garfield Camp Member Gage Georgeff



Peninsula’s and Boston Township’s Memorial Day Parades

June 17, 2014

Members of the Garfield Camp joined the A. C. Voris Camp to march in Peninsula’s and Boston Township’s Memorial Day Parades.  Special thanks to Carol Huff and Judy Hritsko for the photographs!

Peninsula Parade








Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War at Cedar Grove Cemetery’s Civil War Monument in Peninsula.  Left to right-Paul Huff, Mark Britton, Karl Johnson, Jon Silvis, Dr. Frederick Marquinez, Samuel Elias, Peter Hritsko, Gage Georgeff and Tim Graham.  The Monument was donated to Boston Township in 1889 by Civil War Veteran and Ohio Department Commander, Arthur L. Conger.

Welcome to our Newest Member, Gary Bailey!

March 9, 2014

The Garfield Camp would like to welcome Gary Bailey to the camp. Gary’s great-great-grandfather, William W. Loveland, served as a private in Co. E of the 23rd New Jersey Infantry.


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