On information received from a
concerned Wisconsin citizen.
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 15:01:39 -0500
My name is Vince Barker from Waupaca, WI. I am a good friend of
Jim Waid. Wanted to let you know that we located the gravesite for
Pvt. James Button, Co. A, 47th Wisconsin Infantry. He is buried at
the Cedar Lake Cemetery, also known as Old Mumbrue Cemetery in the
Town of Lind, in Waupaca County, WI.
Enlistment date was 2/9/1865; mustered out on 9/4/1865.
He has no military marker currently but we will have one on order for
There are three people who have contributed greatly to this website.
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
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:
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
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
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