Battle of Westport
History of SUVCW
Westport #64 Events
2020 Local Events
Attention to Orders
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Boy Scout Recognition
The Gettysburg Address
Civil War Dates
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Rodney Terry lives in Kansas City,
MO. He joined the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War,
Westport Camp #64, on 8 October 2012. He is currently
retired and is a veteran of the VietNam war.
|Ancestry: Rufus Vann Corporal, Company E,
1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry; Enlisted 9 August 1862;
Mustered into Federal service 13 January 1863 as a Corporal.
Rufus died of disease at Little Rock General Hospital,
21 February 1865. He is buried in the National Cemetery,
Little Rock Arkansas.
|Rufus Vann was born in Calhoun County, Georgia in 1819,
slave of Cherokee Indians, where he lived until they were
forced from the land by the United States Government. After
walking the Trail of Tears to Indian Terrority, (present day
Oklahoma) they settled there.
|Rufus Vann was owned by Avery Vann, and upon his death,
ownership was transferred to his daughter, Katy Vann Williams.
On 26 March 1843 Rufus married Lucy Williams and to this union
ten children were born.
|The Civil War began 12 April 12 1861; in early 1862 Katy Vann
Williams freed all slaves under her protection. The freed
slaves along with Katy Vann Williams went to Fort Gibson,
(Muskogee, OK). Due to overcrowding there, the Vann family
along with Katy Williams was relocated to Mound City, KS.
There, General James Lane was forming the 1st Kansas Colored
Volunteer Infantry made up of freed and run-away slaves.
Rufus Vann joined and was placed in Company E on
9 August 1862, under the leadership of Capt. Luther A.
|Their first battle was fought at Island Mound in Bates
County, Butler, MO, on 27-29 October 1862. This was the first
Union victory of the Civil War fought by colored troops.
Shortly after this victory, President Abraham Lincoln signed
the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January 1863. The 1st
Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry was officially mustered
into federal service at Fort Scott, KS, on 13 January 1863.
Rufus Vann was promoted to the rank of Corporal.
|The 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry fought in eight
battles, mainly in Indian Territory and their Regimental Flag
list each of the battles fought. Although they lost men, they
didn’t lose battles. On 13 December 1864, the 1st Kansas
Colored Volunteer Infantry was reassigned as the 79th U.S.
|Additional awards and accolades of 1st Kansas Colored
|• Proclamation signed by Governor Sam Brownback proclaiming
3-5 August 2012 as 1st KANSAS COLORED VOLUNTEER
• 27 October 2012, BATTLE OF ISLAND MOUND designated as
MISSOURI’S NEW STATE HISTORIC SITE, BATES COUNTY,
BUTLER MISSOURI. SITE OF THE FIRST BATTLE FOUGHT BY THE
1ST KANSAS COLORED.
• 1ST KANSAS COLORED VOLUNTEER INFANTRY INDUCTED INTO THE
3RD ANNUAL KANSAS HALL OF FAME LAUREATE CEREMONY, 21 June 2013
|Descendants of Rufus Vann:
|1 Rufus Vann
... + Lucy (Williams)Vann
.........2 Phyllis (Vann) Bean
........ + Leander Bean
.............. 3 Eliza Jane (Bean) Terry
.............. + Simon Harrison Terry
................... 4 Willard Harrison Terry
................... + Nadine (Erby) Terry
......................... 5 Rodney Simon Terry
......................... + Serena (Reynolds) Terry
............................... 6 Rodney Simon Terry, Jr.
..................................... 7 Shalom Simon Terry
|Pictured below is Michael Lundeen, Westport Camp #64
Commander and Rodney Terry; in which Westport Camp Commander
Lundeen presented a Membership Certificate to Rodney Terry in
Independence, MO on 6 March 2013.
|Pictured below on June 21st, 2013, The Great Overland
Station, Topeka, KS, presented the 3rd Annual Kansas Hall
of Fame Laureate Induction Ceremony. Among the inductees
was the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry, along with
Clark Kent/Superman; Dr. James Naismith; Kansas, the band
and Drs. C.F., Karl, and Will Menninger.
|Among those in attendance were several descendants
(pictured) of Corporal Rufus Vann, freed slave and volunteer
with the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry.
Westport Camp#64, SUVCW member Rodney S. Terry, great-great grandson of
Rufus Vann, was in attendance at that ceremony.
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