A call to arms was sounded in 1861 and the citizens of Johnstown and surrounding areas answered that call honorably. Now a different call goes out to repay tribute to those good people. We are raising funds to replace the Statue honoring the soldiers of the 54th PVI. Time, vandalism, and floods have destroyed the original, and we feel it is our duty to replace it with a memorial fitting their sacrifices.Our offering is a limited edition one-of-a-kind miniature rendition of the actual life-size bronze statue to be erected in Johnstown’s Central Park.
With the help of people such as yourself, we hope to raise enough funds to do just that, and to establish a maintenance fund to take care of the statue in the years to come.
We are pleased and honored to have the renowned sculptor/artist Gary Casteel design and provide the finished product for us. His credits include projects such as the “Longstreet” statue at Gettysburg National Park and many others. The 21-inch Maquette that we are offering is a wonderfully detailed collectors piece, and can be valued to both serious collectors and casual Civil War buffs, as well.
There are three types of castings available. Those offerings are listed on the reverse of this pamphlet. Please read on for more information about our project and our organization.
The 54th PA Vol. Infantry was made up of men enlisted mainly in Johnstown and Cambria County, but companies were also formed from Somerset and Northumberland Counties. Units from Johnstown were among the first to report to Camp Curtain Harrisburg for training. For much of the war they were positioned along the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad lines from Cumberland, MD east. Major engagements include New Market, Piedmont, Lynchburg, and Cedar Creek, VA. There was also a contingent of the 54th at Appomatox for the surrender of Robert E. Lee. For a more detailed history contact us through our mailing address on the reverse of this pamphlet.
Jacob M. Campbell
b. 1821 d. 1888
Our Camp has been named after one of Johnstown’s favorite sons. He was a civic and political leader, as well as, a respected business man of the time. It was said following the Civil War that his house on Lincoln! Walnut Street, now the site of the First Presbyterian Church, was visited by more high ranking state political figures than any address in Harrisburg. His ability to lead was evident by his position and rank attained during the war years. He was regimental commander, then discharged as a Brigadier General. He was respected by his men and also the War Department in Washington. He was considered a front runner for the Govenorship, but his death in 1888 was one enemy he could not defeat.
The mission of the SUVCW is to perpetuate the memory of those who served in the Great War of 1861 to 1865. To educate and keep the story alive of those members of the Grand Army of the Republic and to honor them with fitting respect. Our mission is to replace the original GAR statue in Central Park. The
Son’s of Veterans Reserve (SVR) is also dedicated to this project by reenacting as the 54th PVI and also leading the way with fund raising efforts. Together with the Mary Campbell Auxiliary to the SUVCW, we hope to achieve our goal.
Honorary Board of Directors
For the purpose of enlisting the proper help and guidance with our project we have assembled a Board of Directors to help oversee and add their valued expertise in matters of historical, economic, and local civic significance. The names listed here have been carefully thought out and are not to be held accountable for the projects, finances, or statue committee actions. We are proud and honored to enlist the following:
- Tim Ayres, Attorney
- Karen Broach, VP Operations, Timewarner/Fanch Cablecom
- Gary Casteel, Artist/Sculptor
- Joyce Dowler, President, 11th PVI Preservation Fund
- Donald S. Esserman, President, Johnstown Area Heritage Association
- Dale Gallon, Artist/Painter
- Karl Green, M.D.
- Dana Heim, Reenactor Expert - General Officer
- John 0. Hunter, President, Cambria County Area Community College
- Carl Kahl, President, Somerset County Historical Society
- Frederick J. Kline, CPA, Wilkinson, Kline, Kimlin & Leahey
- Glenn Knight, Commander, Department of PA Sons of Union Veterans
- David W. Kraybill, President & Director, Community Foundation
- Bud & Charlotte Metcalfe, Owners, Creative Framing
- Wayne Motts, Author
- John P. Murtha, PA Congressman
- Richard Saurers, Ph.D.
- Richard Schroeder, M.D.
- Nancy K. Wilkins, Owner, Gospel Truth & Civil War Room
- Edward P. Wojnaroski, Sr., PA State Representative
- John N. Wozniak, PA State Senator
- Donato Zucco, Mayor, City of Johnstown
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