Maj. Gen. John Alexander Logan Camp# 4

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Raleigh, NC

An Old Fashioned 4th of July on the Capital Square

By Brother Farrell






For the third successive year, the John A. Logan Camp manned its Educational and Recruitment exhibit at the Fourth of July Celebration in Raleigh’s Capital Park


Constantly throughout the day, we addressed a great number of visitors who were attracted to the relic exhibits provided by Brothers Jones and Hopping.  As always the array of Civil War swords, pistols, rifles and other artifacts held great interest to both young and old.


A new addition to Brother Hoppings bag of tricks was the addition of rations for three soldiers intended to last for three days.  Needless to say the beans, fatback hardtack et all caught the attention of not only the children but also their parents especially Mom.  With the number of people and the interest expressed over our relic display both Dan and Larry were required to talk constantly throughout the day. The attentive youngsters were rewarded with a Tootsie Pop. Another feature that made us stand out.


While the relics attracted both young and old to our booth, it was at the other table that the real purpose of our being at the celebration was unfolding - recruitment.  Attention was drawn to the main table by Brother St. Andrews collection of antique SUV encampment badges.  While observing the badges Brothers St. Andrew, Harmon and Farrell were able to engage our guests in conversation about their ancestry.  As a result of these efforts we now have a list of prospective members which was the purpose of our efforts.

Camp Commander Robert Farrell explains the marching rations of the Union Army to the interested crowd

Senior Vice Commander Dennis St. Andrews discusses the SUVCW with visitors

Junior Vice Commander John Harmon in skimmer and seersucker captures the Fourth of July spirit.

Brother Larry Jones joined the station on Sunday with an expanded display.

Larry Jones explains the loading and firing of the Civil War Musket using a real Civil War Springfield Musket from his collection

A visitor examines Brother Jones’ collection of Civil War artifacts, many such as the toothbrush, showing life among the camps of Union soldiers

The Camp displayed and discussed life in the field for the Union Soldier.  Here displayed is a sample of the types of food issued the soldier in the field.  Salt pork, cornmeal, navy beans, black eyed peas, coffee beans and hardtack.  These items were issued raw and the troops had to prepare the meal themselves and carry the food in a haversack.

Looking down the original Hillsborough Road running past the Bennett Farm.  Sherman and Johnston met on this road and came to the farm for the surrender meetings.  The Unity Monument is on the left.

The inside of the Bennett Farm house where the surrender took place.  The room has been arranged to match the sketches made at the time.

Robert Johnston, a living historian interpreting a Confederate parolee in the Union Camp

The inside of the Bennett Farm kitchen.  The Bennett family stayed in the kitchen while the negotiations were going on in the farm house.

Stuart Brandt, A living historian interpreting life in the Union Camp.

The Bennett Farm House looking back towards the Visitor center, theater and museum.  This is well worth the visit to learn more about the importance of the Civil War times in North Carolina.


For more information on The Bennett Place Historical Site please visit Bennett Place on the Web.

On Saturday the 18th, the Logan Camp set up a recruiting station at the visitor’s center at Bennett Place.  Brothers Bob Farrell, Dennis St. Andrews and Dan Hopping talked to the visitors explaining the SUVCW and life in the Union Army.

The Logan Camp Joined Union soldiers at The Bennett Place Historical Site as they interpreted the period of 1865 to 1868 after the surrender. This is the period of Reconstruction in the South. Living historians demonstrated life of the Northern soldiers who served under General Sherman at the close of the American Civil War.


Union re-enactors were encamped around the Bennett Farm throughout the weekend. Passes were issued to visitors as they were during reconstruction and pickets were posted to examine the passes to allow civilians to visit the Bennett farm and the soldier’s encampment.


The Logan Camp set up a SUVCW recruiting station and Civil War Exhibit on the grounds which drew the interest of the almost five hundred visitors to the event.

Bennett Place Union Occupation in the Carolinas Event

July 18-19, 2009

By Brother Hopping