Private Alfred Patterson (alias) Alfred Smith
 
47th Wisconsin Volunteers 3 Feb 1865-30 Aug 1865

On information from Concerned Citizen, Vincent Barker

Monday, July 27, 2009 3:12 PM

Pete,

Here is another 47th veteran for your website, and a photo of his marker if you would like to post it.  Thanks,

Vince

 Alfred Smith enlisted under the alias Alfred PattersonHe gave both names on his pension application

 On the 1890 Veteran's census for Crandon, he gives his real name of Alfred Smith On the rosters he is listed as Alfred Patterson.  Also, the vet's census shows he was in Crandon as early as 1890.  Looks like he was born about 1849, so he was only 15-16 when he enlisted.  He is on the 1900 census for Crandon but cannot find him on the 1910-30 census'.  So, he may have moved away and then was brought back to Crandon for burial. 

Some clarification on this: A person named Patterson was Alf Smith's step father (his real father died soon after Alfred was born and his mother married this Patterson)  Can't remember Paterson's (the father) first name, but he served and was wounded (believe he lost an arm).  He signed Alfred in after he was mustered out.  Pretty sure Alfred died in Waukesha County, at the Metropolitan Church compound.  I will check my files over lunch and maybe be able to provide more details or correct anything that I got wrong here.

RON KRUEGER- Another Wisconsin concerned citizen assisting Vince

Alfred Smith 47th Wis. Inf. buried in Crandon.


Vince Barker-A Concerned Citizen

Old Abe Camp #8, Sons of Union Veterans

Dept. of Wisconsin

Lieut. Colonel Vince Barker

OIC, Mobilizing Unit In processing Center (MUIC)

Ft. McCoy, WI

Webmasters Note: 

 There are three people who have contributed greatly to this website.

They are Kim J. Heltemes, Vince Barker and Jim Waid, who are members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Camp # 8 (SUVCW) have been very helpful in sending me information (and photos of stones) that they have discovered in Cemeteries in Wisconsin of veterans of the 47th, Regiment.. The organization keeps a database of this information and make it available to all who may be searching for Civil War Ancestors who might have been in military units from that state or soldiers who may be interred there. They are a real blessing to us who are researching the 47th, Regiment and Civil War History. They not only discover the information but also honor the soldiers by replacing broken or missing headstones and clearing their gravesites. They all deserve a big thank you from us. Thank You guys!

To find out more about the Wisconsin SUVCW and what they do, visit their site by clicking the link I've provided below. Then for this unit, go to the Wisconsin Camps and choose Camp# 8. They're a great group of guys!

You may also contact Kim , Vince or Jim directly for any questions that you might have. Just click on their name.

Here is the link to the Wisconsin SUVCW site.

Further: The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is a volunteer, non-profit, patriotic and educational organization similar to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and is officially recognized as its legal successor. Founded in 1881 by sons of Civil War veterans, the SUVCW today has over 6,000 members.

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I wrote to Vince Barker and asked him if he would put into words what it is that he and Jim Wade and several others there in Wisconsin do, in the way of finding and replacing veterans headstones and who they do it for and also an explanation of his military rank in that regard...below is his thoughtful reply:

Hi Pete,

Jim Waid, Kim Heltemes, Don Strube, and myself are all members

of Old Abe Camp # 8, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

One of the many activities/projects that the SUVCW conducts is

graveside dedications for Union Veterans. In most cases this

occurs when a new marker is placed on the veteran's grave. Some

of us in the SUVCW, and in our camp particularly, have taken a

special interest in locating Civil War veteran's graves (this

includes Confederates - and as a member of the Sons of

Confederate Veterans as well, I am very interested in this), and

obtaining headstones for those veterans that need them. We all

feel that as descendants of these veterans, we have a special

and unique connection to them, and Civil War veterans, for the

most part, have been forgotten by most Americans, and many of

their graves do not have the proper military markers. This is

truly a shame since the Civil War was such a pivotal event in

our nation's history. As Shelby Foote said, it was

the "crossroads of our being...and it was one hell of a

crossroads". Those boys endured hardships that we today cannot

even imagine. So, for all these reasons, we have taken a

special interest in, and very much enjoy, marking their graves,

as well as documenting all CW gravesites that we find on the

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War National Graves

Registration Database.

 

As for my military history, I am a Major in the US Army Reserve,

and have been mobilized on active duty for the better part of 3

years. I spent a few months in Kuwait back in 2003-04 in

support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I have been here at Ft.

McCoy, WI, since May 2004. I live only 2 hours away in Appleton

so I get home most weekends. I am taking battalion command

later this summer and should pin on Lieutenant Colonel later

this fall sometime. I also spent 3 years in the Marine Corps

right after high school, before I went to college.

Vince recently wrote(7/27/09):

I was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in Dec. 2006.  I am finishing up battalion command now and will deploy to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division in September 2009.

On 09/09/09: Vince was inducted into the NSSAR (National Society Sons of the American Revolution) which has taken over four years to complete. Congratulations again Vince on that accomplishment.

Note: Vince will deploy to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division in September 2009. Good luck Vince we're all praying for your safe return. GOD'S SPEED FRIEND!


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