Adopt a Soldier

To mark the graves of our Boys in Blue resting in Forest Home Cemetery Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Forest Home Cemetery - WheelerDuring President Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, he expressed the need for the Nation to care for those who had borne the battle as well as their widows and orphans.

This responsibility did not cease with the passing of those noble veterans. Rather, the torch has been passed to the present generation to remember the men who fought and died to preserve our Union.

It is fitting that each veteran’s final resting place should be marked with dignity. It will be our legacy to ensure that future generations honor their sacrifices.

Those encamped here in their Eternal Bivouac represent 26 states and all branches of the U. S. military.

A  multi-year project completed by local historians, Margaret Berres and Tom Ludka resulted in the identification of approximately 1,000 Civil War Union veterans. 80 of these brave souls died during the war.

During the course of their research, it was found that many veterans lay in unmarked graves or that headstones are so worn that they need replacement. Since 2012, over 231 headstones of Civil War Veterans have been replaced through the Adopt a Soldier campaign. 

Forest Home Cemetery - Adopt-A-SoldierForest Home Cemetery is assisting by offering a reduced setting fee (labor and materials) from $250 to $175. The VA will provide the headstone at no cost.The cemetery is also seeking donations to replace worn headstones that are unreadable.

Tax deductible contributions may be made through the Forest Home Cemetery Historic Preservation Association clearly indicating that the funds are intended for the installation of government markers for Civil War veterans.

Click this “ADOPT-A-SOLDIER” link to make a specific contribution that preserves the memory of our fallen veterans.

Featured below are headstones that we hope to replace and above you can see Capt. Timothy Maynard's original and new monument installed in 2020.

Forest Home Cemetery - Adopt-A-Soldier

Pictured here is the grave of two brothers, William and Augustus Hyde who died during the Civil War. As you can see, it is worn and very difficult to read. 

Forest Home Cemetery - Adopt-A-Soldier






This is the monument for William and Rudolph Wechselberg that needs replacing. William was fortunate enough to have his body returned for burial. His brother was killed in action and is memorialized, but not buried here. 

Adopt-A-Soldier Forest Home Cemetery Donation