Foster Camp

Dennis Hutchinson and Joshua Claybourn
Dennis Hutchinson and Joshua Claybourn
The John W. Foster Camp No. 2 of the SUVCW is named after John W. Foster and was organized on 11 July 2014. Click here to learn more about Secretary Foster. The Camp serves Evansville, Indiana, and the Crescent Valley. As the successor and legal heir to the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), our camp has a long and illustrious history with the region.

Foster Camp’s members typically meet in conjunction with monthly meetings of the Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable (SICWRT). SICWRT meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Evansville Fraternal Order of Police lodge at 801 Court Street in downtown Evansville, Indiana.

Membership in the Camp is open to every man over the age of 18 years old. There are hereditary members, who trace their lineage to those who served honorably in the Civil War, and associate members, who do not have the requisite ancestry but wish to join the fraternity. Click here to learn more about membership.

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Leadership

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is a nation-wide organization, comprised of more than 200 community-based Camps, which are organized under 26 Departments. Our camp is part of the Department of Indiana.

Foster Camp’s organization follows the guidelines of the SUVCW, with a Camp Commander and Secretary/Treasurer, which are elected annually by the Camp members. Other positions of responsibility within the Camp are by appointment of the Camp Commander.

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  • Camp Commander: Dennis Hutchinson
    Dennis Hutchinson has been a member of the SUVCW and Sons of Veteran Reserve since 1998. He has been researching the history of the 31st Indiana Volunteer Infantry since 1997 and is author of a website on the regiment. Dennis is also a Civil War re-enactor of Union Infantry and Confederate Artillery.
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  • Secretary and Treasurer: Joshua Claybourn
    Joshua Claybourn is an author and attorney who first organized Camp Foster. He is past webmaster, Signals Officer, and Asst. Counselor of the national SUVCW, and also served as chairman of the Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable. Joshua traces his hereditary membership to James. H. Claybourn and William D. Claybourn.

Membership

When you join the SUVCW, you enter a network of more than 6,000 men who form lifelong bonds, honor their heroic ancestors, and promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism in their communities. In addition to camp leadership listed above, our other members are listed below. To join our fraternity, click here.

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  • Timothy Beckman
    Tim is a dual life member with Benjamin Harrison Camp No. 356, where he served as Camp Commander in 2009 and 2010. He was elected Department Junior Vice Commander in June 2014. Tim is also a member of the 27th Indiana, Co. D, Sons of Veteran Reserve.
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  • Cole Claybourn
    Cole is an English and journalism teacher at F.J. Reitz High School and coaches the school’s tennis teams. He traces his hereditary membership to James. H. Claybourn and William D. Claybourn.
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  • Christopher Cooke
    Chris is the Superintendent of Cemeteries for the City of Evansville. He is a board member of the Indiana State Board for Funeral and Cemetery Services and current President of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society. He traces his hereditary membership to his great-great-great granduncle John Feagley.
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  • David Hoesli
    David traces his hereditary membership to John Garrick of Company I of the 81st Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He has done family and local Civil War research since 1976, and has been a Civil War graves and monuments preservationist since 1986. David lives near the Lincoln Boyhood Home in Spencer County, Indiana.
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  • Scott Hurst
    Scott Hurst has been a Civil War re-enactor of both Union and Confederate Infantry since 1998. He traces his hereditary membership to Mathias Hipsher. Scott is currently researching family links to numerous other Civil War Veterans. He is a graduate of Purdue University and is employed by the City of Princeton.
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  • Brian Lankford
    Brian has been a family historian and researcher for over forty years. He can trace two great-great-great grandfathers who fought in the Civil War, and bases his hereditary membership on William S. Langford of Co. I of the 53rd Indiana Vol. Inf. Regiment. He is also a member of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
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  • Graham Denby Morey
    Graham is a dual member with Benjamin Harrison Camp No. 356. He is a Vietnam veteran and was raised in Evansville where he graduated from Central High School and the University of Evansville. His great-grandfather was famed Union Colonel Charles Denby.
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  • George Payne
    George is a charter member of our camp tracing his hereditary membership to his great-grandfather Ensley Andrew of Co. I of the 138th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He is also a member of the Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable and Trinity United Methodist Church. George works as a petroleum engineer and has a fond love of horses.
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  • Eric Sprouls
    Eric is an associate professor of engineering at the University of Southern Indiana. He traces his hereditary membership to his great-great-grandfather Enoch B. Smith of Co. C of the 73rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
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  • Daniel Price
    Daniel traces his hereditary lineage to Cpt. Lucian K. Cox of Co. B of the 27th Kentucky Infantry. He is a graduate of Univ. of Louisville Speed School and is employed as a Project Engineer at a large machine shop in Louisville. He and his wife raise cattle and horses on their farm located in the northwest corner of Harrison County.