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Co. B, 71st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

Sons of Veterans Reserve



The Sons of Veterans Reserve (SVR) is the authorized ceremonial military component of the Sons of Unions Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW). The SVR is often called upon to provide a color guard and to render honors at various ceremonies, memorials, and grave dedications for outside organizations and individuals, in addition to SUVCW functions such as Memorial Day and Remembrance Day. While the SVR is subordinate to the SUVCW, each unit maintains its own leadership structure and chain of command independent of the SUVCW camp it is associated with. The only qualification for membership is that you be a Brother in "Good Standing" of the SUVCW; Baker Camp No. 6 encourages all of its Brothers who are able and willing to participate with the SVR to do so.

Remembrance Day 2011The SVR unit attached to Col. Edward D. Baker Camp No. 6 is Co. B, 71st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Its historical namesake was raised by Edward Baker in August 1861 as the 1st California, in spite of the fact that its ranks were filled by men from Philadelphia. Following the death of Colonel Baker at the Battle of Balls Bluff in November 1861, the State of Pennsylvania claimed the regiment and renamed it the 71st Pennsylvania. The regiment served through the war until after Cold Harbor, when it was mustered out of U.S. service on July 2, 1864.

Memorial Day 2014Co. B, 71st Pennsylvania, SVR adopts 1860's uniforms and military tactics for appearances at events. Many aspects of the rituals and ceremonies they perform are rooted in practices established by the Grand Army of the Republic, and likely would be familiar to the veterans they are performed in honor of. It is commanded by Captain Steven G. Betschart, PCC, and his Adjutant, 1st Lieutenant Mark M. Stevens, PCC. Together with the Camp Officers, and occasionally outside organizations and individuals, these two brothers help coordinate and plan the events that Baker Camp and the 71st PVI participate in.

If you have an event that you would like to invite Co. B, 71st Pennsylvania to participate in, please contact Captain Betschart to see if it can be fit into our calendar.