Sons of Union Veterans of
5107 Alan Avenue San José, CA

Department Commander,
Civil War Memorials Officer, & Newsletter Editor

Dean A. Enderlin, PCC

Dean A. Enderlin was born September 11, 1961, at Deer Park (Napa Valley), California, the only child of Roy and Lucille Enderlin. Dean grew up in Calistoga, California, on the family vineyard where he still resides. Aside from a few years living in Lower Lake and St. Helena, he has been a Calistoga resident his whole life. Dean graduated with a bachelor's degree in geology from Sonoma State University in 1985, and worked for Homestake Mining Company as a geologist at its McLaughlin gold mine in Napa County from 1985 to 2002. He is now a California licensed geologist, practicing independently in the Napa and Lake County area.

Dean's interest in family history was sparked early in his life by his maternal grandmother, Dagny Jacobsen (1889-1979), who lived in the family household while Dean was growing up. His interests soon led him to explore the paternal side of his family, where he found deep roots in American history going back to colonial times. His direct Union Civil War ancestor was his paternal great-great-grandfather, PVT Erick Nelson (1839-1920), who served in Co. F, 89th Illinois Infantry.

Dean's collateral Union Civil War ancestors include:

    Corp. Richard Pierce Bissell (1846-1926), great-great-granduncle
Co. L, 17th Illinois Cavalry — Member, C. D. Murray Post No. 302, GAR, Massena, Iowa

    Pvt. Edwin Harlin Cole (1821-1870), great-great-great-granduncle
Co. D, 9th Kansas Cavalry — Member, Neosho Post No. 129, GAR, Chanute, Kansas

    Pvt. Flavius Josephus Cole (1838-1928), great-great-granduncle
Co. B, 140th Indiana Infantry

    Pvt. John Wesley Cole (1831-1913), great-great-great-granduncle
Co. B, 140th Indiana Infantry —Member, Neosho Post No. 129, GAR, Chanute, Kansas

Dean has a little "reb" in him, too! A great-great-great-granduncle, Richard Van Boskirk (1818- ), served as a private (wagonmaster) in Co. A, 15th Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A., later "galvanizing" into the 9th U.S. Cavalry (Buffalo Soldiers) in Texas, where he served as a veterinary surgeon from 1871 to at least 1878.

Dean joined the SUVCW in November 2006, and is a member of Col. Elmer Ellsworth Camp 23, based in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California. He has served as Camp Jr. Vice-Commander (2008), Camp Sr Vice-Commander (currently), and Camp Commander (2009-2011). He is Camp Civil War Memorials Officer (since 2008), and shares the office of Camp Graves Registration Officer with Ronald Cannon, PCC.

Dean holds a dual membership in Phil Sheridan Camp 4, based in San José, and is a member of the Sons of Veterans Reserve (SVR), Co. C, 8th California Vol. Inf., 6th Military District.  He is also a 2010 graduate of the SUVCW Memorial University Officer Training Course.

At the Department organizational level, Dean has served the Department of California & Pacific as Guide pro tem (2008), Guard (2009), Patriotic Instructor (2010-2012), Jr. Vice-Commander (2013-2014), Department Sr. Vice-Commander (2015-2016), and is currently serving his first term (2017) as Department Commander. Dean is also Department Civil War Memorials Officer (since April 2011), and is a member of the Department History Committee.

For his service to the Department for 2011-2012, he was honored to receive both the Department Officer of the Year Award and the Maj.-Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs Graves Registration Award. For service in 2014-2015, he received the following honors: Department Commendation for outstanding service as Civil War Memorials Officer; Department Commander's Commendation for Skill and Work relating to Civil War Memorials and Department/National Committees; and a Meritorious Service Award from Commander-in-Chief Tad Campbell "in recognition of his exceptional long-term dedication and effort as Department Civil War Memorials Officer and National GAR Records Officer."

At the National organizational level of the SUVCW, Dean holds the office of GAR Records Officer (since 2010), and is Chair to the National Committee on GAR Records. He is also a member of the National Committee on Civil War Memorials (since 2012).

Membership in the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and Allied Orders in Dean's family goes back to his great-great-grandparents, Erick and Lois Nelson, and his great-grandmother, Jessie (Nelson) Tebow. Erick was an officer and charter member of Lew Wallace Post, No. 137, GAR (organized Nov. 1882), based in Scandia, Republic County, Kansas. When Post 137 disbanded in 1896, Erick transferred to nearby Courtland Post, No. 344. Lois and Jessie were especially active in the Woman's Relief Corps (WRC) in Kansas. They were charter members of Courtland Corps, No. 135, serving as the corps' first Sr. Vice-President and Treasurer, respectively. Dean's membership in the SUVCW is not only to honor his Civil War ancestors, but to carry on the good work of his ancestors who were so dedicated to the WRC and GAR.

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