Sgt Chester A. Wyman
47th Wisconsin Volunteers 03 Feb 65-04 Sep 65

On information received from his Great great grandson.

Thu, 31 Oct 2002 13:31:52 -0600

Hi Pete,
I'm a friend of Jim Waid. He forwarded this web site to me so I can give  you some more info.
My Gr Gr Grandfather was SGT Chester A. (Augustus) Wyman, Co. C 47th Wis Inf. He was originally in the Iron Brigade, 6th Wis. Co. I as a private. He was wounded in the right thigh at Brawner's Farm ( Gainesville). That was August 28, 1862. He was discharged for disability in Dec, 1862. He went home to recover and re-upped Feb 3,1865 into the 47th. Family lore has it he was in charge of picket duty one day. They gave him a horse to ride so he didn't have to walk. He had a limp from his wound. He came back from picket duty and some soldier started to harass him about riding a horse, he got off the horse and beat the soldier to near death. It was said he was an officer when that happened but being a Sgt, I think he was Officer of the Day. He was demoted from picket duty as a result. Some say he had to give up his officer rank but I cannot find where he was ever an officer. I think they just took the officer of the day duty away from him. He was discharged as a SGT Sep 4, 1865.
Chester is buried in the Hillsboro, Wis. cemetery.

  Also: Chester was the first one to enlist from the Town of Hillsboro, Wisconsin. At Brawner's Farm his best friend Henry Diditiot was killed right next to him. He was hit next. Chester was taken to a woods after the battle and left there for 10 days without food or water. Some soldiers that could walk got water from creeks. They had thrown their packs so they were without blankets and gear. After 10 days the Union recovered that ground and sent the wounded by ambulance (wagons) to Washington D C. About a third had died in the woods and another third died in the 25 mile trip to the hospital. Wounds broke open and the guys basically bleed to death. More died at the hospital.

I also found a Sgt Roderick Palmer, Co. D  47th Wis. Inf. buried in the Parfeyville, Wisconsin Cemetery. I am getting a new marker for him.

I have an after war photo of Chester which I'll send to you when I can.

Kim J. Heltemes
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Wisconsin Dept. and Camp #8 Patriotic Instructor

Chester -Post Civil War                   Chester later in life.

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.


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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